Natalie Portman’s announcement that she is withdrawing from Days of Abandonment has let a Sydney crew down with a bump. The production employed its local crew under an Enterprise Business Agreement signed with The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. That muscle is useful now, as crew suddenly face the prospect of unemployment. However, the Covid production boom means that the town is stuffed with work, and some crew at least will move on quickly.
The Union’s email told the crew, ‘Under the production agreement DOA crew are entitled to a weeks’ notice of the end of employment. MEAA has spoken to the production and crew will be formally notified according to the varying length of time they will be required to bump out and wrap.