Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley join calls for UK creative industries anti-harassment body

Emerald Fennell, Cara Delevingne and Naomie Harris also among 25 signatories asking companies to fund the the Creative Industry Independent Standards Authority

A collection of stellar British film industry names, including Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Naomie Harris, have joined calls to ensure that funds will be available to back a newly established independent organisation designed to combat harassment across the creative industries.

They are among the signatories of an open letter calling on companies to commit to provide financial contributions to the Creative Industry Independent Standards Authority (CIISA), which is due to begin operations in 2025. There are 25 signatories in all, including Saltburn director Emerald Fennell, Cara Delevingne, Rebecca Ferguson, Ruth Wilson and Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins.

The letter is addressed to the “creative industries” and asks for financial support for CIISA to “finally to turn this idea into reality”. “So many of us in this industry would have loved to have an objective outside body that we could go to for advice, for mediation and in the very extreme circumstances, that we might need some outside body to hold people accountable for the bad behaviour or bad practices that sometimes happen on our sets, on our stages, behind the scenes.”