Talented group of Equity members in "The Guilt Sniffer"
Team M&M are delighted to announce the New Zealand premiere of their new play The Guilt Sniffer. A comedy about the fraught relationship between straight-laced Detective Wright and her flamboyant partner, who can smell emotions. To solve her father's murder, Wright must overcome her obsession with evidence and trust the nose of Dr Robert MacBride aka The Guilt Sniffer. Starring Equity member Marion Shortt alongside talented Equity members Matt Baker, Michelle Blundell, and Ben van Lier.
Part of Auckland Fringe 2013 -- 3 nights only. 8th, 9th & 10th March-- $17 Equity tickets.
Take back the Hood - Deborah Rea's one woman show
Equity member and 2012 Toi Whakaari graduate Deborah Eve Rea is putting on her one-woman show "Take Back the Hood" from March 6-9 at 10pm at the Fringe Bar in Cuba St, Wellington.
Red (yes the REAL Little Red Riding Hood) explores, takes back and liberates her “story”. In a world of victim blaming, ACC’s mental injury proving, slutwalks and Twilight, how has Red been able to cope? Well, she’s made a show, that’s how.
Truth about The Hobbit - read the Equity/Warner Bros emails here
NZCTU president Helen Kelly this morning decided to release previously confidential emails between Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and Warner Brothers. These emails show that everyone involved knew the Hobbit dispute was over and the ban lifted on 18 October 2010 but that on the 20th of October 2010, Sir Peter Jackson went public with claims the Hobbit was endangered by a union do-not-work notice he described as “blacklisting”. Read the emails here.
Read Helen Kelly's article here and listen to Radio New Zealand's story, "Emails confirm Warner Brothers trickery over Hobbit" here.
Government also still needs to release the Crown Law opinion it sought on whether actors had the right to bargain collectively. As senior law associate Dani Gardiner implies in this article, it will be difficult for government to continue to withhold that document.
Equity press statement: Setting the record straight on new OIA 'hobbit' documents
NZ Actors Equity Press Statement
NZ Actors Equity has rejected claims by the producers of The Hobbit that Equity and its sister union Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance were financially motivated in their attempts to gain fair wages and conditions for NZ actors working on the film. The claim was contained in statements by Peter Jackson this week and also included in the OIA documents released yesterday.
NZ Actors Equity and its members have only ever been motivated by a desire to improve the working lives of New Zealand performers who have for years struggled on non-union contracts. NZ is one of the few countries in the English-speaking world where actors have no right to share in the financial success of their work or the right to a standard contract that protects their basic entitlements such as sick leave.
Equity organiser Phil Darkins speaks to TV3 on the Hobbit documents
Click here to listen to Phil explaining how actors in New Zealand deserve a better deal.
Equity on the release of the Hobbit documents
Click here to listen to Equity organiser Phil Darkins giving Radio New Zealand the Equity view on the latest Hobbit documents released today under the Official Information Act.
NZ Actors Equity welcomes latest Official Information Act document release