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Lenny Henry Discusses Impact of Actors' Strikes on UK Workers: Challenges and Solutions

30 November 2023
2 min.
Lenny Henry Discusses Impact of Actors' Strikes on UK Workers: Challenges and Solutions

Winter Blues in Hollywood's Wake

In a year marked by unprecedented challenges for UK film, TV, and cinema workers, Sir Lenny Henry and a team of influential celebrities have joined forces with the Film And TV Charity to spotlight the financial hardships gripping the creative industry this winter.

In a compelling short film, renowned figures such as Sir Lenny, Maxine Peake, Rosie Jones, and Steven Moffat discuss the enduring impact of the Hollywood strikes that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill. Although the strikes have concluded, their repercussions triggered a production downturn, affecting the livelihoods of countless workers.

Sir Lenny emphasized, “The strikes in the US are just one of the challenges making life incredibly tough for UK film, TV, and cinema workers this year.” Stepping in to support those affected by this broader downturn, the Film And TV Charity addresses the cost-of-living crisis and various other challenges.

Moffat highlighted the substantial impact on workers, stating, “UK workers are struggling to feed their children, heat their homes, and pay the rent.” The situation has been exacerbated by a prolonged downturn in production, stemming from a complex set of issues.

While the actors’ strike concluded in early November, and the writers’ strike in September, the aftermath continues to cast a shadow on industry workers. This winter, the Film And TV Charity’s campaign, supported by influential voices like Sir Lenny, aims to provide crucial assistance.

Chief executive Marcus Ryder emphasized the immense financial pressures and mental health strain on industry workers, anticipating the toughest winter many will ever face. Expressing gratitude for the celebrities' involvement, Ryder hopes their participation in the appeal film will inspire both industry insiders and the wider public to contribute and support the brilliant, creative workforce during this challenging season and beyond.

Hartswood Films CEO Sue Vertue and Moffat, proud advocates of the cause, call upon companies in production to emulate their commitment. Hartswood Films has dedicated a donation to the charity, specifically tied to the production of Moffat’s forthcoming comedy drama for ITVX, "Douglas Is Cancelled."

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