Peter Jackson has slammed the unions in a press release today after OIA documents were released today over the Hobbit deal:
WingNut Films welcomes the release of documents pertaining to the industrial action that was initiated by the Australian based trade union, the MEAA, against the film production of The Hobbit in 2010.
Whilst we would not personally seek to re-litigate this issue, it is our hope that these documents will lead to a better understanding of the events as they unfolded.
We also hope the release of these documents will put to rest the unfounded conspiracy theories that sought to characterize these events as a Hollywood studio dictating terms to a sovereign government – a charge that is as spurious now as it was then.
These papers reflect the intense stress we, as filmmakers, were under finding the future of our films suddenly under threat by unjustified industrial action – a crisis that quickly lead to the very real possibility that Warner Bros would have no choice but to pull The Hobbit out of New Zealand.
I don’t think Jackson could have been any blunter, except perhaps to say unions are pricks. The emails show that Jackson considered Simon Whipp, the Aussie unionist a “snake”.
Jackson said he believed Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) union boss Simon Whipp was attempting to derail the production.
He said the Government had “engaged with a snake, who now feels quite fearless”.
“He is in revenge mode, intent on inflicting as much damage as he can to our film, our film industry, to our country,” Jackson wrote.
“I really can’t tale [sic] much more of this toxic nonsense. All I want to do is make films! I haven’t been able to think about the movie for 3 weeks.
“Warners are coming down mid-week – I hope you can all sit in a room and get a positive result.”
In another email the same day Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh, said Whipp had “played us for fools”.
Here is a reminder of Simon Whipp and his silence after trying to rat fuck kiwi jobs. Note he was helped by harridan Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelly.