We are Reel Angels and our mission is to get more women working in technical roles in the film and television industry.
Reel Angels was founded in 2010 by Lulu Elliott, a female technician working in the film and television industry in the UK. The first of its kind Reel Angels focuses exclusively on placing female technicians in paid roles across the film and television industry.
We have over 150 freelancers on our books and are growing. Our crew include DOPs, Camera Ops, Focus Pullers, Grips, Sound Recordists, Boom Ops, Gaffers, Best Boys, Editors and Sound Post Production. They have held key positions on numerous high end television projects including Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey as well as major movies like Star Wars, Gravity and World War Z to name but a few.
We pride ourselves on being more than a booking agency for freelancers. We host networking events with panels featuring high profile speakers and quality networking to get you acquainted with more professionals in the industry an increase your own visibility and network of contacts.
Why is Equality is so important in media?
In 2016 Reel Angels was awarded funds from the BFI (awarding funds from The National Lottery) to support three successful networking events to engage and connect female production crew. These were greatly attended with inspirational panel talks in Bristol, Manchester and London, resulting in work opportunities for our crew members.
Jennifer Smith, Head of Diversity, BFI, said: “We encourage all programmes which take the lead in addressing the lack of diversity in the production workforce, and were delighted to support Reel Angels to better showcase and connect female production crew. This is work that chimes with our Diversity Standards and our ambition to achieve gender parity in the production industries.”
From 2016 to 2018 Reel Angels based in Salford, are now enrolled on Creative England’s ProConnect Manchester Program. Comprising of a series of workshops, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities. ProConnect Manchester, funded by ERDF, provides the expertise, support and contacts to break into and succeed in the film and television industry.
‘Reel Angels is addressing the enduring problem of under representation of women in the UK’s film industry, an issue that Creative England has actively addressed through various initiatives. We are very proud to be supporting Reel Angels and its work through our ProConnect Manchester programme, this is an area of the industry that we are committed to impacting change and we are excited to develop this within the Greater Manchester region.’ Creative England
“Creative Skillset recognizes the need for full representation with film and TV crews. And supports bodies such as Reel Angels in delivering a more inclusive workforce.” Creative Skillset
‘Diversity is money, inclusion is money, we will make more money if we have more women.’
– Victoria Alonso, Executive Producer (Iron Man, Avengers)
‘We actively seek female technical crew and encourage others to do so.’
– Howard Gibbins, Production Manager (King Arthur)
“Reel Angels is a positive agency working to support women in the industry, both through training and career opportunities. Its aim to increase the number of women in roles where they are currently under represented – such as camera, lighting, and sound – is one that we at WFTV (UK) wholeheartedly support.”
Kate Kinninmont, CEO, Women in Film & TV (UK)
“Finally a reliable female fronted crewing company – much needed for this media generation. Ladies can multi task AND take care in their work plus half the people we film are female! I’ll be definitely taking on a Reel Angel!”
Sara Harding, TV Producer/Director – V, Reading and T in the Park festivals, BAFTAS, Classic Rock and Q Awards for C4, Sky, MTV worldwide
“Reel Angels are an excellent outfit. They seem to know the very best up-and coming female crew in the UK. I found exactly what I needed in terms of lighting and camera: plus an enthusiasm and energy from the clients sometimes lacking in the Kingdom of Men that is the film set. I would use Reel Angels anytime. I love the balance that women bring to the television world.”
James Kent (Emmy winning BBC Drama and ‘Testament of Youth’ Director)