Equity notes with great sadness the passing of Bill Hunter. Bill worked alongside Mel Gibson in Peter Weir's Gallipoli, played ballroom federation president Barry Fife in Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom and starred as Toni Collette's father in Muriel's Wedding. At the same time as filming Muriel's Wedding, he worked on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. More recently, Hunter worked on Red Dog, TV miniseries The Pacific, Finding Nemo, Crackerjack and Luhrmann's Australia. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family, friends and the performers who had the honour of working with him over the years.
The casts of Rake and The Librarians were selected – via secret ballot of Actors Equity members – as the winners of the Equity Awards for outstanding performances in an Australian drama and comedy program. Equity warmly congratulates all winners. See our press release here.
A report by Screen Australia, released today, reveals that the 100 Australian feature films released between 2007 and 2009 have achieved thus far a total audience of around 101 million viewings. More here.
Nominations for the National Stunt Committee are now open. If you are a Stunt Coordinator or Safety Supervisor and are interested in being on the National Stunt Committee please contact the Alliance Inquiry Desk on 1300 656 512.
Equity’s National Performers’ Committee will meet this week to discuss a range of issues including the contracting of performers for video games, convergence and how it will impact performers, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the upcoming negotiations for the commercial voiceover agreement, the ongoing offshore commercials strike and the progress of negotiations for Equity’s TV agreements.
Equity is awaiting a revised pay offer from Seven Network for the agreement which covers the performers who work on their in-house drama productions, including Home & Away, Winners & Losers and Packed to the Rafters. Seven has offered 3 – 3.5% for the one-year agreement. Equity is seeking 4%.
More than 50 representatives from performers’ unions around the world will gather in Sydney this week to discuss issues facing performers and their industry including copyright, international campaigns, the increasing phenomenon of recording live performances, and ways to grow performer union power and influence. Equity looks forward to welcoming our colleagues from around the world including Denmark, Switzerland, Morocco, the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Chile.