- In the UK, 87% of people are White, and 13% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic group.
- Asian people, at 59%, were significantly less likely to take part in the arts than White people (including White ethnic minorities), at 78%, or Black people, at 70%
- Black people are three times as likely to be arrested as white people
- People of white British and Indian backgrounds are more likely than other minorities to be homeowners
- Among poorer children, those of BME backgrounds have higher attainment levels than white pupils
- Only 1 in 16 of current FTSE 100 board members is from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.
- 1 in 8 employees in the UK are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.
- Diverse audiences tend to be heavier film consumers compared to the national average, especially Eastern Europeans (31% are “heavy” film consumers compared to 12% for the national average)
- Asian, Black, Eastern European and LGB audiences attend the cinema much more frequently than the national average (all over 30% for “very regular” compared to 14% for the national average)
- These audiences also have an above-average affinity for cinema, with over 1 in 2 Black, Eastern European and LGB audiences saying cinema remains the best place to watch film – even higher (3 in 5) for the Asian audience
- 7 in 10 of the general public say it is important for some films to portray real life issues facing our communities – our diverse audiences tend to think this even more important (e.g. 88% of the Black audience)
- Diverse audiences are also more likely to think it important that they can see stories, characters and settings to which they can personally relate – for example, 65% of the working class audience say it is important to see their own stories authentically reflected in the films they watch
- 67% of the general public say the portrayal of our nation’s diverse audiences has become more authentic over the last ten years – and this view is largely shared by diverse audiences
- However, when asked about the amount of work needed to be more authentic: 19% of the general public perceived “a great deal” more work needs to be done, comparing to 43% for the Asian audience and 58% of the Black audience
- The following are the proportions from diverse audiences who say they would watch more films if people from diverse backgrounds were portrayed more authentically: 59% of the Asian audience, 66% of the Black audience, 54% of the Eastern European audience
Ethnicity Facts & Figures, GOV.UK
The Guardian, Huge effect of ethnicity on life chances revealed in official UK figures
Diversity in the UK
Portrayal V Betrayal: an investigation of diverse and mainstream UK film audiences, 2011
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