Working With Sensitive Archive Material


Wednesday 15 November, 4:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

The Works


Join Bronagh McAtasney (Northern Ireland Screen), Fran Rowlatt-McCormick (RMC Media Partnership) and Sophie Freeman (Film and TV Charity) for a vital discussion on the duty of care when handling sensitive archive material in TV and filmmaking.

With a focus on practical solutions, the panel will explore new guidelines from Northern Ireland Screen, what defines ‘sensitive material’, appropriate trigger warnings, and what employees and employers can do to protect workers and audiences.

Guidance and help will be signposted to those working in the industry who come into contact with such material.

This session is a must for those creating content using archive material for any platform, and will be hosted by Hugh Odling-Smee, Project Manager of Film Hub NI (FAN Champion area for Screen Heritage).

The QR codes above are available as links below:

Whole Picture Toolkits

Work well with vulnerable contributors and sensitive content – Mentally Healthy Productions: A Toolkit ( (there are then 3 guides of use: how to support those working with sensitive content and self-care for those working with sensitive content and lastly trigger warning guidance sample wording)

Film & TV Charity

Your mental wellbeing – Film and TV Charity ( this links to a page on mental health support, including the support line number, webchat and other resources on the charity’s main website


Hugh Odling-Smee, Project Manager of Film Hub NI (FAN Champion area for Screen Heritage



Bronagh McAtasney

Access & Outreach Officer for Heritage & Education, NI Screen

Bronagh is Access and Outreach Officer for Heritage & Education at Northern Ireland Screen. It is her role to develop engagement and responses to the Digital Film Archive (, bringing the archive to a wide audience and facilitating interaction with groups, individuals, partnerships and in education.

Sophie Freeman

Whole Picture Toolkit Engagement Producer , Film and TV Charity

Sophie has 13+ years' experience across development, production, distribution and exhibition. As Engagement Producer, she is supporting the industry to create mentally healthy productions and culture change. She recently produced BFI-NETWORK-backed short film HOMEGROWN, which premiered at Encounters, and has been mentored by Element Pictures' Producer Emma Norton via BIFA.

Fran Rowlatt-McCormick

Archive Producer, RMC Media Partnership

Fran Rowlatt-McCormick, Archive Producer, RMC Media Partnership, has been working in the broadcast industry for over 20 years. Multi award winning, highly experienced producer specialising in archive based film, TV and media productions from all over the world.