Staging workshops and seminars on “best practice” approaches to intimacy on screen and stage, Ita O’Brien is finding there has been significant progress in the #MeToo era – but much needs to be done.
“There is a lot of good practice out there already and there are lots of directors and productions that have done this well,” says the British intimacy coordinator, who was brought to Australia by the Equity Foundation. . .
In the past year, Ita O’Brien’s job has become part of a global conversation. An “intimacy coordinator” for stage and screen, based in the UK, her role is to coach production companies through the protocols of touch and contact between actors in explicit scenes. . www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/13/is-it-ok-for-me-to-touch-you-here-the-people-making-rehearsal-rooms-safe.
One of the many conversations #MeToo and Time’s Up have inspired has to do with the nature of creative arts professions. If you work in film, television, theater, or a related field, chances are some of your specific duties — i.e. conducting a screen chemistry test or shooting an intimate scene — would be unacceptable in any other career. But just because the entertainment industry comes with some unusual responsibilities, that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be standards or best practices to ensure everyone’s comfortable and treated with dignity. . .