Date of release: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Monday, 18 June & Tuesday 19 June 2018, 09:00-17:00

The lack of women in film and television, both on and off screen, has been widely discussed in the wake of the Time's Up and #Metoo movements, with numerous potential answers to the issue.

This month, the University of Greenwich will host its second annual Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen International Conference, a solutions-focussed event that aims to continue the conversation and inspire women to work within the traditionally male-dominated arena of film and TV.

This year the event will expand the discussion to an international level, with speakers from across Europe, the USA and Hong Kong.  Highlights of the event include an industry panel on solutions for equal access for women in film and TV, including former actor and MP Tracy Brabin, and a panel on the future for women in film and TV, including Baroness Tanni-Grey-Thompson.

Gemma Jackson, the Emmy award-winning production designer of 'Game of Thrones', 'Finding Neverland' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' will also take part in a special Q&A at the conference. Gemma is the recipient of the conference's Trailblazing Women Recognition Award.

Speaking about the event, Lucy Brown, head of film and television at the university and organiser of the event, said:

"Gender equality has come to the fore in 2018, with movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up placing the issue front and centre in the news agenda.

"Whilst this has been a landmark year for women and there is a lot to celebrate, the latest studies still show that there is a long way to go until women achieve equality on screen and behind the scenes. This conference aims to support, champion and find solutions to creating a more diverse and welcoming entertainment industry for all, regardless of background."

The conference is open to the public, industry and students. Full details including prices can be found below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trailblazing-women-on-and-off-screen-international-conference-2018-tickets-43706461202#tickets

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The conference is sponsored by Women in Film and Television (UK), The National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image, The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Policy Network and Women's Film and Television History Network – UK/Ireland.

For further information and interviews, or to arrange a press pass for the event, please contact the media team:

Telephone: +44(0)20 8331 8937

Email: public.relations@gre.ac.uk

Website: www.gre.ac.uk

Out of hours: +44(0)20 8331 8937

Notes to editors:

University of Greenwich has been providing higher education for over 125 years. It has over 20,000 UK and international students studying at three campuses in the UK, and an additional 17,000 students studying overseas.

University of Greenwich is a public, research university with four faculties: Architecture, Computing & Humanities; Business School; Education & Health; and Engineering & Science. It's part of the University Alliance group and is silver rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The university operates across three campuses: Greenwich and Avery Hill in London and Medway in Kent. Its renowned research has been globally received and endorsed by nine Times Higher Education Awards and four Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.

Notable alumni include Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Kao, Blur musician David Rowntree and campaigner Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.