Girls On Film / Ep 103: Respect in the industry with Director Liesl Tommy & The Film & TV Charity's Alex Pumfrey

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This industry special goes out to anyone who has ever felt mistreated in a workplace. Liesl Tommy, director of the Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ starring Jennifer Husdon, returns to Girls On Film to dive deeper into the musical and give her thoughts on respect in the film industry. Liesl reveals details about the new DVD release of Respect, defines what respect means to her in her working life, and gives her thoughts on diversity in film criticism. Anna and Liesl also discuss how respecting other people’s rights and opinions is at the heart of a lot of other movements such as Time’s Up UK. Liesl touches on personal experiences of disrespect and feelings of powerlessness. She goes on to say how these experiences have pushed her, as a director, to create a warm and inclusive environment on set. Next, Anna is joined by Aretha Franklin fan and CEO of The Film and TV Charity, Alex Pumfrey. Dealing with everything from anxiety to racism, the charity offers free and confidential support services to anybody working behind the scenes in film, TV or cinema. Alex describes respect as a value she holds very close to her heart and talks about joining the charity at a moment when there was a huge global appetite for change. Alex discusses their current 12 month campaign, ‘Let’s Reset’, designed to destigmatise mental health. In light of other movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, Alex also gives her thoughts on progress for women in the industry. If you are working in the film, TV or cinema industry and anything discussed in the episode affects you, please visit for more support. Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, is available to own on DVD now for the first time, and includes all new never-before-seen extras. Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials: Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel:…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio producer: Cam Griff. Intern: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants. This episode was produced in partnership with Respect.