…By for TDPel Media.
A much-debated university course on “intimacy coordination” has been unexpectedly cancelled, leaving students facing uncertainty.
The course, announced by Peckham-based Mount view theatre academy in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, aimed to train students in making actors feel comfortable while performing sex scenes.
The course was set to be led by Ita O’Brien, known for her work on the BBC’s steamy series, Normal People.
Debate Over the Need for Intimacy Coordinators:
The concept of intimacy coordinators has stirred up mixed opinions among actors and industry professionals.
Sean Bean expressed concerns that having coordinators would inhibit spontaneity during performances, as they draw attention to technical aspects, potentially disrupting the natural flow of intimate scenes.
Sir Ian McKellen also questioned the necessity of a designated coordinator, suggesting that directors could take on that role themselves without specialized training.
Support for Intimacy Coordinators:
In contrast, Dame Emma Thompson spoke in favor of intimacy coordinators, emphasizing their importance on sets.
She praised their role in creating a safe and comfortable environment, particularly for young women who might feel uncomfortable in male-dominated film sets, which often lack gender parity.
Having an intimacy coordinator present would ensure the protection and support of actors during intimate scenes.
Sudden Cancellation of the Course:
Despite the ongoing debate, the university course on intimacy coordination was abruptly scrapped.
The decision has left students who were interested in enrolling in the program in a state of uncertainty.
The course, which was expected to cost over £15,000 per year, was intended to provide specialized training in handling sensitive and intimate scenes in the entertainment industry.
The controversial university course on intimacy coordination has sparked discussions among actors and industry insiders, with differing opinions on its necessity and impact on performances.
While some have expressed reservations about the role of intimacy coordinators, others have emphasized their value in creating a safe and supportive working environment for actors.
The unexpected cancellation of the course has left aspiring students in a difficult position, with the future of intimacy coordination training remaining uncertain.