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Good insight into the row as it rumbles on over the movies production: [url:169tm9ro][/url:169tm9ro] Let me know your views.
Interesting, complex and looking tricky to resolve. One thing that I noted was NZ seems to have a similar (problamatic) relationship with Australia not unlike Scotlands with England- the sense that the bigger power is calling all the shots and telling you what to do. That's one of those things thats runs deep and can cause all sorts of troubles and tends to lead to unreasonableness on both sides. From that link it seems the union doesn't have to many backers but the one thing that hasn't come through clear so far is the exact details of what the union wants for its members- if all they are seeking to do is bring the rights of their members into line with actors unions in other countries then that would seem fair enough. There's nothing worse than doing a job and getting paid half what the person standing next to you is for no other reason than the boss can get away with it. Although for me the most depressing thing about the video (apart form PJ looking like he's terminally ill these days) was Boyen being captioned as Producer/writer. There goes any fading hopes I had of even a half decent script. <img src='/images/smileys/vevil.gif' border='0' alt='Very Evil Smilie' />
Seems this still hasn't been resolved.
Am I the only one who doesn't care if The Hobbit gets moved out of New Zealand? While it has some nice landscapes it's hardly the unique mecca of natural beauty that some imply it to be. :roll:
Bring it to Norway, I say <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> I'll give Jackson a free tour and show him some nice spots <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
I wish I could suggest the films come to where I live, but the filmmakers would have to look long and hard to find non-suburbanized places to film. :lol:
He can come to Scotland to film- spectacular scenery and at least I'll know where to find the bugger! :twisted:
Either Scotland or Norway is fine with me, the landscape is actually very similar, the difference is that Norway is practically covered with forests. So, come to Europe, Jackson! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
Seems the general public in NZ has come out in support of the film.
Well of course that's the case in NZ guys. PJ is NZ's biggest director. That's why the actors unions picked his film, as a means to challenge (previously) current NZ law. I am rather appalled at BBC's lack of thoroughness though. It doesn't specify what sort of legislation and how, or even if, it actually benefits NZ actors. [b:2w52tn37]GB[/b:2w52tn37]
Well it just demonstrates that Petty is right that the BBC's standards are slipping. Still ahead of US standards, but for how much longer? [b:23ibj9gg]GB[/b:23ibj9gg]
NZ it is. This from the BBC; 'Two movies based on The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand as planned, the country's prime minister has confirmed. The announcement follows two days of talks with Hollywood executives over whether the Lord of the Rings prequels should be shot in the country.'
I'm surprised just how far the NZ government was willing to bend over backwards for TH. Millions of dollars and new legislation? Wow.
PJ King of NZ. No wonder he thinks he can rewrite Tolkien he's got his countries government doing his bidding.
[quote="Gandalfs Beard":3jaqwqwk]I am rather appalled at BBC's lack of thoroughness though. It doesn't specify what sort of legislation and how, or even if, it actually benefits NZ actors. [b:3jaqwqwk]GB[/b:3jaqwqwk][/quote:3jaqwqwk] At least you don't have to pay the TV license, so you can be appalled for free. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
[url=]TVNZ goes into more detail.[/url:2nyphw17] I recognize that this is a major economic and cultural issue, but having it dictate legislation? That just seems a bit excessive to me.
Are you kidding? :? This is good news for the actors in NZ, and good news for Hobbit Fans. The actors got some of the legislative changes they have been lobbying for, and good news for everyone hoping for the visual continuity promised by continuing to film in NZ. It's win/win all the way around. [b:pkyv0z4v]GB[/b:pkyv0z4v]
I'm not trying to complain, just a bit surprised, I guess. :lol: Still, I think you are right that this is a satisfying resolution for all involved.