Harvey Weinstein Has Been Stripped Of One Of British Cinema's Highest Honours

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 19, 2017

The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which hosts an annual awards show similar to the Oscars, has also suspended Weinstein's membership.

The BFI Fellowship is the United Kingdom film organization's highest honor, with recent winners including director Steve McQueen, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Frears, Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, and David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.

Weinstein was sacked from the film company he co-founded this month, just days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the powerful producer.

The BFI's board concluded that "the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values". It said today it is bringing together industry partners to jointly develop a new set of principles to address bullying and harassment and help people in the industry to be better supported.

'We wholeheartedly support those courageous enough to come forward and speak out. "The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen", the statement continued.

Numerous industry groups and organizations have withdrawn commendations and honors given to Weinstein in light of the allegations against him. Elsewhere in Europe, French president Emmanuel Macron has taken action to rescind his Legion of Honor.

The BFI Fellowship is the highest honour the BFI can bestow, and it was bestowed on Weinstein in 2002.

'Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances. "Everyone working in the film industry - in any industry - should be safe and respected in the workplace", a statement said.

Advocating for better inclusion and representation is central to the BFI's strategic priorities.

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