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Sir Steve McQueen: Movie industry must be more diverse after the pandemic

The film-maker said the industry will return ‘with vigour’.

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Sir Steve McQueen (Ian West/PA)

Sir Steve McQueen (Ian West/PA)

Sir Steve McQueen (Ian West/PA)

Sir Steve McQueen has said the movie industry needs to be more diverse after the pandemic.

The 12 Years A Slave film-maker and Turner Prize-winning artist said the arts have to change.

The 51-year-old tells Inside Culture With Mary Beard: “I think people will come back with a lot more vigour.

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Sir Steve McQueen with Professor Mary Beard (BBC)

Sir Steve McQueen with Professor Mary Beard (BBC)

Sir Steve McQueen with Professor Mary Beard (BBC)

“The situation is very hard, very difficult right now. I do think there will be a cascade, an avalanche of films.

“I do believe the industry will be more busy than ever, just because people want things so much.

“People want to be in a community looking at films and also the theatre … that’s why we’ve got to keep holding on.”

But the Small Axe director added: “It has to be (more diverse) … Seeing more people of colour behind and in front of the camera – you can’t go back to how it was.”

– Inside Culture With Mary Beard is broadcast on BBC Two at 7.30pm on Thursday on BBC Two

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