I work in the film industry occasionally (and believe me, occasionally is as good as it gets in this industry), and the last few weeks have been dominated by the incredibly ugly Hobbit dispute. Almost all the full time paid film work in wellington involved working for Peter Jackson or on international films using his studios. There has been no major international film work in Wellington for about two years so everyone is pretty desperate for work. None of that excuses the embarrassing and slightly disgusting pro hobbit and anti union marches organised by film workers and actors who seem to have no idea where their own long term interests lie.
I haven't got time to write a lot, I will do it one day next month, but until then, remember that not all film workers are anti union. many are disgusted by what has been happening, and despairing of our fellow workers who have been so short sighted by siding with the bosses. Like them, we would quite like well paid and fairly permanent work on a major film production. Unlike them, we don't have the boss, the government and large sections of the mainstream media on our side, so a lot of us have to keep our mouths shut if we want work.
In the meantime check out the collection of links under this post by Bryce Edwards:
‘We are not for the Hobbit workers, and we are not against them’ – Labour Party
and this one on readingthemaps:
Off the Fence Comrades!