The SAG-AFTRA strike is already making itself felt in Australia, despite having the backing of the MEAA.
Productions involving SAG-AFTRA members began closing down, though some were able to complete filming before the strike expired:
– Production on Peacock’s Apples never fall stopped at 5pm on a friday. The show’s star, Annette Bening, reportedly said goodbye to cast and crew on the Gold Coast on Thursday and made plans to fly out of the country yesterday. Production was to continue through August. Sam Neill is also featured in the show. The series was handled by Matchbox Pictures, which has already lost Metropolis due to the writer’s strike.
– Movies about atomic monsters mortal combat 2, also filming in Queensland, was due to run until September but was halted.
– La Brea S3 had completed filming its six episodes, believed to have been in late June.
– Mischa Barton has finished filming Neighborhood for 10 / Prime Video / Freevee three weeks ago.
– Productions that do not have card-holding SAG-AFTRA members will not be affected and will be able to continue, as The Australia Office. It also does not affect unscripted shows (although those with SAG-AFTRA emcee talent will be affected).
– It is not clear if The Twelve could be influenced by Sam Neill’s return to the show. Foxtel has yet to confirm, but Neill said he would return. High Country also includes Irish actor Ian McElhinney (game of Thrones) but it is unclear if he is also a member of SAG-AFTRA nor if his scenes are completed.
– There may be other Australian actors who have worked in the US who are members of SAG-AFTRA, but it is not clear whether they can work in Australia through MEAA membership or if they should follow suit.
– There are logie impressed presenters? The walkout includes red carpets and awards events. Lincoln Younes worked in the US together with Sophie Monk, Stephen Peacocke who is currently filming RFDS extension. Unclear.
– There are also government incentives involved in some projects but this falls on completion.
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Additional source: Variety