The Mental Health Impact of Deepfake Technology – Latest from OKRE

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✨Top tips from a forensic psychology researcher on working with film/ tv

✨My Blonde GF: The OKRE Funded project tackling image abuse.

✨Join the OKRE Network

Top Tips from an Academic Researcher on Working with Film/TV

“I had natural apprehension about being involved… not knowing how my advice would be received… but I had the luck to collaborate with a team that was truly interested in portraying the subject matter in a realistic but sensitive light.”
~ Dr Afroditi Pina.

Dr Pina conducts research in forensic and social psychology on the broad areas of sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation. She collaborated with Tyke Films during the filming of My Blonde GF. Read her top tips…

My Blonde GF: The Mental Health Impact of Image-based Abuse

In 2020, poet, writer and performance artist Helen Mort discovered that 15 years’ worth of images from her social media had been Dee-faked and uploaded to a porn site by an anonymous user who referred to her as My Blonde GF.

My Blonde GF is a short film that explores the lived experience and mental health impact of non-consensual deepfake pornography and image-based abuse.

Tyke Films announced the world premiere of My Blonde GF, in official selection, at Krakow Film Festival.

Read on for more about this OKRE Fund and BFI Doc Society project…

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We love to share opportunities we have at OKRE or those we have come across during our wandering through the halls of the internet!

Here are a few we’ve spotted 👀

BAFTA Scotland Awards Call for Entries

The deadline for submission is Wednesday May 10th. You can enter your film, production or games. Eligibility dates: 26 May 2022 – 10 May 2023… good luck!

BAFTA Scotland Awards 2023

Warner Brothers Writers Exchange Programme

For five lucky writers of screen and stage, this development scheme might be just what you need!

WBD Access Writers Exchange Programme

Pillars Artist Fellowship

The Pillars Artist Fellowship—created by Pillars in partnership with Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films—champions and mentors Muslim directors and writers whose presence behind the screen will be game-changing for the film and television industries.

Applications close on May 31 2023.

Pillars Artist Fellowship Fund


Here’s a selection of things our team have been reading, watching and listening to…

Animated Comedy Voiced by AI?

Toonstar adult animated comedy with AI-voiced character set to hit the screen.

Read Deadline's Report

WGA Writers on Strike

Need to understand why SNL is not happening this week? Read all about the WGA writers strike.

Variety on WGA Writers Strike

Safe Spaces for Black Male Vulnerability on TV

From ‘Rye Lane’ to ‘Love is Blind’, much-needed safe spaces for Black Male vulnerability are on TV.


Salon on Black Male Vulnerability

Netflix Confirms Plans to Invest in Korean Content

Deadline has the latest on Netflix’s plan to invest in Korean content.

Netflix Confirms Plans to Spend Billions on Korean Content
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