what is an intimacy coordinator?
“I know what it is like to shoot without an intimacy director. The messy, embarrassing feeling for the crew. The internal devastation for the actor. Intimacy direction was essential to my show and I believe essential for every production company that wants to make work exploring themes of consent.”
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Intimacy Coordination has emerged to the front of the professional film and TV scene. Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime, BBC, Sky TV and Channel 4 have been quick to respond by leading the charge to safeguard their sets.
An intimacy coordinator is an advocate, a liaison between actors and production, and a movement coach and/or choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex and other intimate scenes.
My role as an Intimacy Coordinator (Film & TV) and Intimacy Director (Live Performance) is to;
Act as an advocate who serves as a liaison between a production and its actors.
Consult with the director and the executive producer/writer to discuss details of script breakdown and intimate scenes* to determine: 1) degree of nudity, 2) specifics of simulated sex (as applicable), and 3) any other pertinent details.
Ensure clear communication with actors regarding any intimate scenes they are involved in.
Meet one-on-one with actors prior to the rehearsal and filming of an intimate scene and confirm consent for the descriptive language to be used in the nudity or simulated sex rider/waiver, and any other consideration for the filming of the scene.
Communicate and, as needed, collaborate with departments such as assistant directors, costumes, props and makeup to ensure that the actors are provided with appropriate nudity garments, barriers, and prosthetics to reflect rider/waiver details.
Ensure that actors and other production personnel adhere to proper safety protocols.
Offer a close-set guideline and ensure that proper implementation is in place.
Offer health & safety guidelines & measurements.
Offer risk assessment on set.
Ensure continued consent throughout the filming of scenes while minimizing interference in production flow.
Serve as a resource in realizing a director’s vision.
Offer support and collaboration in serving the vision and story.
Assume the role of a movement choreographer if requested by the director to fulfil the visual believability.
And I am available for support post-filming, if actors have questions or concerns.
*intimate scenes are scenes that involve nudity, simulated sex and/or other intimate elements.
My journey as an IC/ID has just begun, and I am truly excited to be the advocate of creating safe, inclusive and creative spaces on sets and in rehearsal spaces for everyone involved.
BBC | Life After Life | 2021 | Intimacy Coordinator | Dir: John Crowley
Griffin Pictures | A Last Resort | 2021 | Intimacy Consultant | Dir: Leanne Eunice Davis
An independent film | Crystal | 2021 | Intimacy Coordinator | Dir: Fabian Hellier
BBC | Sherwood | 2021 | Intimacy Coordinator | Dir: Lewis Arnold
BBC | Superhoe | 2021 | Intimacy Coordinator (cover) | Dir: Dawn Shadforth
An independent short | Bound | 2021 | Intimacy & Stunt Coordinator | Dir: Abigail Feavers
BFI/Long Acre Arts | Prey | 2021 | Intimacy Coordinator | Dir: Rico Johnson-Sinclair
Training & Certificates
Moving Body Arts | Intimacy Coordination Mentoring Scheme for Under Represented Group (UK) Instructor: Yarit Dor
MHFA England | Mental Health First Aider
Emergency First Aider at work place
CPD Certified in;
Sexual Harassment Awareness
Bullying and Harassment
Equality and Diversity