At Moving Picture Company, with our scale and creative and strategic expertise, comes diversity of experience and opinion.

For International Women’s Day this year, we joined forces with MPC Film to celebrate the women who inspire us across the regions we work in – women in the arts, in film and production, women we work with and who’ve mentored us, women in the creative industry, and business leaders – the list is long.

This morning we hosted an internal lunch panel to share and discuss our views of how gender is presented in post-production around the world; and acknowledge what we can do more of to keep creatively pushing the boundaries

Joined by Laura Hughes, Founder of The Pregnancy Food Company, Alison Clark, Key Account Director at Google and Lizzie Horsburgh, Operations Manager at MPC Film. The panel was a catalyst for discussion; we didn’t expect to come away with a uniform opinion, and we shouldn’t, the goal was to come away thinking. As Alison Clark, said: “The inclusivity fight is not over, we need to become ambassadors of change”

Here are our key takeaways:

How has your industry changed culturally since you started your career?

“The only way I can make a positive change is for the people that come after me. I want to leave an impression and encourage other women feel confident enough to speak up in a room… I don’t think any industry has changed culturally, if anything, I think things have got worse”, – Alison

“It’s been great to see effects of #MeToo trickled down into the post-production industry. We’re making slow progress, but we need to make it a generic improvement, and react in the right way”, – Lizzie

The theme of this month is Inspirational so tell us who is your inspirational person? who in your life are you being inspirational for?

 ‘On an educational side, it has to be Michelle Obama, the fact that she has helped over 60 million girls get into education is just incredible… I’d like to think I’m inspirational for girls that have just left school and are figuring out what they want to do with their lives’, – Laura

“People that are prepared to give more than get back – I’m a bigger fan of inspirational behaviour than inspirational people, that being said, I’m a huge admirer of advertising consultant, Cindy Gallop and Irish activist, Caroline Casey, both are businesswomen who commit to change in diversity and do things because it’s the right thing to do. I would like to inspire women to are looking to make a change in work”, – Alison

If you could go back, what one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

“Not to focus on the big break and big goals, the everyday slog is what helps you get there”, – Laura

Women need to look around more and speak up for others that aren’t as confident” – Alison