“RA Agency are an excellent outfit. They know the very best female film crew in the UK. I found exactly what I needed in terms of camera, sound and lighting.”
James Kent (Emmy winning BBC Drama and ‘Testament of Youth’ and ‘The Aftermath’ Director)
– “In 2016 RA Agency 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 RA Agency 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 RA Agency 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.
‘RA Agency 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 RA Agency 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 has awarded us grants for training in 2015.
“Creative Skillset recognizes the need for full representation with film and TV crew and supports bodies such as RA Agency in delivering a more inclusive workforce.” Creative Skillset
– We would also like to thank The Princes Trust and Bright Ideas Trust who awarded us their essential development funds from 2010.
Lulu Elliott the founder has been very active in raising awareness and has taken part in discussion panels at Bristol’s International Cinematography Festival 2015 & 2016, BIFA Festival and TLG’s Focus 2017. Lulu has been listed in 2017 PITCH’s Top 100 Superwomen and was nominated for the Diversity Champion 2017. And featured in The British Cinematographer Magazine, First Frame, WFTV, BECTU and GBFTE Newsletters.
In 2000 Lulu won the title ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ at the young age of 17 years old. With an avid interest in technology and creativity Lulu studied Video Art at KIAD, then went onto to be a music video director and a live music/touring camera operator. The idea for Reel Angels came in 2009 after one year working in the industry, it became clear there was an issue with gender parity especially in the camera department. So she began to research and develop the agency slowly with great care over the last 10 years.
See our timeline of our achievements made over the last 10 years here: