'Everyone's heard the horror stories' – how to shoot an ethical sex scene
From Ruth Wilson in The Affair to Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, women are speaking out about nude scenes. Is it making a difference? Actors and directors talk frankly
Emily Berrington was overjoyed when she received the call from her agent. She’d got the part. And it was an exciting one: a role in Close to the Enemy, a BBC miniseries set in the 1940s, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. It was 2015 and Berrington was told in writing that there would be some nudity, which she was OK with in principle, as long as all the details were straightened out in advance.
But she says alarm bells began ringing when Poliakoff wouldn’t agree to contractually stipulate the exact requirements of Berrington’s nude scenes before filming began. However, Berrington was optimistic they’d be able to work something out, so she requested a phone call with Poliakoff. When they spoke, Berrington asked him how long she’d be nude for, what the lighting would be like and whether she’d be able to choose which specific parts of her body would be seen.Continue reading...