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Ana   /   January 26, 2018   /   0 Comments

A new code of conduct for casting directors has been released, which has been described as “more important than ever” in light of recent harassment allegations.

Membership of the Casting Directors’ Guild will be conditional upon acceptance of the code, which lays out a formal set of guidelines to ensure best practice in the profession.

The code outlines that casting directors have a “duty of care” to actors, and should discourage one-to-one meetings in non-professional environments and ensure the audition room is a “safe space”.

Actors union Equity has been consulted on the guidelines, which also include giving actors enough time to prepare for an audition, giving due consideration to talent from the community in which a production is made or set, and to “be an advocate for actors’ rights” to employers.

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Appearances / Events > 2018 > 25.01 Casting Directors’ Guild Awards

Announcing the awards, Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Great Expectations, About Time) paid her respects to the people who had given her career the leg up she so desperately wanted. “I owe so much of my career to some of the amazing people in the room and they are the unsung heroes of the industry…They are the ones that believe in you the earliest and nurture you right from the beginning,” she said.

Kirby gained widespread acclaim for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in Netflix’s hit series The Crown, recalled the day she got the call: “I ran around, I was on set at the time and I just got this call and was running around the courtyard screaming ‘fuck, fuck, fuck’!”

She pledged her support for a new category at major awards ceremonies in future: “I can’t believe there’s not one now. It’s so mad. Casting is the beginning of every single project, and they lead it. I think it’s absurd; I hope that this is the beginning,” she added. Speaking to the crowd, she added:  “Nine times out of 10 its been your belief in me that’s got me the job. In my lowest moments it’s been that belief, your belief, that’s made me keep going.”

We’re undeniably glad that she has. Kirby’s next project is is Miss Julie at the National Theatre. “It’s a part that I’ve always wanted to do,” she said to Miro. “It’s one of those parts that as an actor you always dream of. There’s definitely some Margaret qualities to her that I’m really excited to find.” And of her previous casting horrors? “Too many to count,” she reminisced.

 

 

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