Days of Abandonment crew takes a week’s pay and looks for work after Natalie Portman withdraws

Natalie Portman reclaims her personal life by withdrawing from Days of Abandonment as she builds her production company.
Natalie Portman was in Australia for a number of projects including Days of Abandonment

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.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.