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Directors set out guide for sex and nude scenes on film

Speaking out: Emilia Clarke found some nude scenes in Game Of Thrones upsetting PICTURE: HBO

THE first guidelines for directing nudity and simulated sex for TV and film in ‘a safe environment’ have been released.

Directors UK advised a ban on full nudity in any audition and semi-nudity in first auditions — instead suggesting performers wear swimwear and bring along a chaperone.

The professional body said it recognised that, ‘by their nature, auditions were based on a power imbalance’ and that ‘some performers can feel obligated to agree to uncomfortable requests to get a job’.

Earlier this week, Emilia Clarke revealed she felt uncomfortable with some of her nude scenes in Game Of Thrones.

The actress, who played Daenerys in the hit fantasy drama, said she cried before shooting certain scenes.

The guide comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which led to numerous accusations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and revelations that some in the industry demanded sexual favours for work.

Natasha Moore, of Directors UK, said: ‘We created these guidelines to encourage directors to think twice about the environment they create in auditions and on set.

‘Directors can use their influence to nurture a safe working environment for all and this is keenly felt when filming vulnerable and sensitive scenes.’

The recommendations also include actors being given 48 hours’ notice and a full script if a call-back requires semi-nudity. They will also have to give written consent before being filmed or photographed in the nude.

Bafta, the BFI and the Casting Directors’ Guild all back the guidelines. Bafta said they can help directors ‘recognise their role in creating an environment where bullying, harassment and all kinds of coercive behaviour are not tolerated’.