Subject: Re: BAFTAs Go Batty
On 2018-01-03 1:13 PM, Ian J. Ball wrote:
> On 2018-01-03 17:59:34 +0000, BTR1701 said:
>> In article<anim8rfsk-911F6F.email@example.com>,
>> anim8rfsk<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> In article<email@example.com>,
>>> Ed Stasiak<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>> Starting in 2019, if Your Film Isn't Diverse, It Won't Be Eligible
>>>> for a
>>>> BAFTA Award
>>>> In an incredibly bold move,
>>> There are a lot of words for this. "Bold" is not one of them.
>> So a movie about the Vikings now has to cast black and latino and Asian
>> people as Norsemen?**
>> Or are films about white people just not allowed at all anymore?
>> **I know Marvel already did that when they turned Asgard into It's A
>> Small World with swords, but I'm talking about more serious films.
> Yes - this basically rules any serious historical drama, or literature
> adaptaion, out of contention. So any future Jane Austen adaptation, or
> even more ridiculously, any film about a, say, 15th century African
> tribe or empire (all black cast, so "not diverse", right?...), would be
> out of luck.
> I don't see how this policy can possibly be implemented.
Some producers are already doing it. I saw that TV adaptation of Beowulf
a couple of years back and they had a South Asian woman as a blacksmith.
A friend of mine who is quite knowledgeable about these things said it
wasn't completely unheard of to have a woman blacksmith in those days -
Beowulf takes place around 500 AD - but there had been no contact
between Britain and South Asian as of yet so there is no way a South
Asian would have been a blacksmith in England in those days.
It seems that if it's a contest between historical accuracy and
political correctness, the latter is going to win every time. I can
hardly wait for a new version of King Arthur and the Knights of the
Round Table in which the King is a transgender and the knights are a
group of diverse women. Or Roberta Hood and Her Band of Merry Women and
Aspiring to Be Women. Or WW II films depicting Winstonia Churchill as
the British Prime Minister.