Directors UK, the trade association for screen directors in Britain, suggested some miserable alternatives to avoid sex scenes with physical interaction while social distancing is required, in an update to its Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex
The guidelines suggest that characters could be shown fixing their own clothes/re-dressing after the event or limbs could be depicted moving under bedclothes, while another option is to show the closing of a bedroom door and leave the
action to the viewer's imagination.
Directors are encouraged to find inspiration by revisiting classic films such as It Happened One Night or Casablanca , which were made under the Hays Code that was introduced in the 1930s and
prohibited the depiction of sex on screen in Hollywood.
Bill Anderson, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and was part of the team who has worked on the guidelines. He said that directors and writers would have to come up with
different ways to show intimacy, and he encouraged programme makers to question whether a sex scene is absolutely necessary.
For productions that require sex scenes, alternative ideas from the guidelines include motion capture and digital
performances, green screen or animation to composite the required encounter and another suggested option is casting real life couples who won't need to socially distance.
Update: No Sex
Please, We're British Filmmakers
We've said it before, and we'll probably say it again, but there is little doubt that moralisers and neo-puritans are rubbing their hands together at the possibilities that Covid-19 has presented them.