Runtime: 1hr 30m

The creative sector is rich with a diverse selection of voices and stories, but often we find certain voices aren't loud enough. Artists, Filmmakers and Bloggers from various backgrounds speak about their experiences and how you can make your stories more diverse.

 

Panelists:

Gage Oxley, Chair

An award-winning writer and director, Gage recognises how powerful a tool film can be to reach people. As a young gay person growing up in the North of England, Gage recognised the severe lack of representation for gay and queer people in film and television, and felt it was a responsibility to offer a little part of that in return. He has been nominated over the past three years as a Role Model in the LGBTQ* Community at the National Diversity Awards, and won the Love Arts Award in 2016/17 for his work in mental health and sexuality. An ambassador for diversity at ITV Yorkshire and managing director of Oxygen Films, which has recently been nominated in the Inclusive Companies Award 2019.

 

Gem Turner

Gem Turner is passionate about raising awareness and educating people around disability. Gem studied New Media at The University of Leeds and after she graduated, started her own blog. She writes about her life as a young wheelchair user and the common reactions and interactions she experiences along the way. After three years building her blog, she has now expanded her business - bringing her blog to life, working with businesses on how to be more inclusive in the workplace.

 

Sam Judd

Sam Judd was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1997. He was completely able-bodied up until the age of four when he had a brain stem stroke. He is now a full-time wheelchair user and speaks with the help of an electronic talker called a Liberator. Sam has been involved with Leeds Young Film throughout the years, and is an alumni of the BFI film academy. He has also wrote and directed a number of independent short films. In 2019 he graduated from The Northern Film School with a BA (Hons) in filmmaking. Sam also does stand-up comedy which he started in 2018.  His self-deprecating humour challenges stereotypes and the expectations of others. He has now performed at multiple venues throughout the North of England including Leeds University Student Union. He calls himself 'The World's First Sit-Down Comic.'.

Sam Fray, Screen Yorkshire's Beyond Brontës Programme Manager

Sam manages the Beyond Brontës programme, that has been established to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries by supporting young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop the skills, confidence and connections to enter and succeed in the screen industries. Previously Sam worked at ITV in Legal and Business affairs and was also co-chair of ITV Embrace, ITV's BAME staff network.