The capitalist WETA technicians brutally attack proletariat heroes from AE and the MEAA outside Matterhorn on Cuba Street:
Oh yeah, super aggressive questioning there. No wonder the poor petals were scared witless.
Comment by The Double Standard — October 22, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
so that’s who Kelly’s been supporting. Well, it puts her calling Jackson a “spoilt child” in even worse light.
He looks like a bully and the CTU made a huge mistake taking his side against Jackson.
Comment by NeilM — October 22, 2010 @ 2:23 pm
The general situation as described by Chris Trotter:
THEY CAME HOWLING through the streets of Wellington like an army of bloodthirsty orcs. And striding at the head of this rabble of hysterical computer geeks, dull-witted gaffers and troll-like grips was the wizard of Weta Workshops, Sir Richard Taylor, energetically playing the role of Saruman to Sir Peter Jackson’s Sauron.
Meanwhile, the Black Gates of Mordor (a.k.a The Wairarapa) opened – spewing forth those two spiteful Nazgul, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. Raising high their Dark Lord’s banner, they made a beeline for the White City (a.k.a the studios of Radio New Zealand).
Barring the way, their bright red banners glowing in the morning sunlight, stood a tiny army of elves and men (a.k.a. NZ Actors Equity and the CTU). At its head, awaiting the onset of Mordor and Isengard with drawn swords, were Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelly.
And over all, untouched by the media lights in its multi-million-dollar fortress, the Eye of Jackson cast its baleful glare. Safe behind his impenetrable walls, Sir Peter will only ride forth when the final battle has been won and the last contract signed – the wheels of his midnight SUV rolling heedlessly over the corpses of slain actors and eviscerated unions.
You really should check in there, Danyl, he’s on a bit of a roll at the moment (making precisely no sense as usual).
Comment by Sam Finnemore — October 22, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
“You see what happens Donny? You see what happens? You see what happens when you fuck a man in the ass!”
Comment by Will de Cleene — October 22, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
Super city hikoi = large protest.
National Party Conference = angry protest
Israeli tennis player = noisy protest
Wellington film workers = lynch mob?
Comment by Pat — October 22, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
So much for being traumatised and lead away by police escort. Surely they knew this video was headed for youtube when they claimed that.
Comment by James — October 22, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
Jackson was nearly in tears on tv lasy night, he looked completely shattered, and this thug is one of those responsible. And so many have jumped on board in the name of worker solidarity.
Comment by NeilM — October 22, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
No commitment to the truth.
Comment by Vibenna — October 22, 2010 @ 2:33 pm
I agree with what Robyn Malcolm says in the video about harrasment – I’m not sure anyone would be comfortable being followed by a large group of strangers with a video camera at midnight.
Comment by taranaki — October 22, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
Ahh the Matterhorn – that favoured hangout of the working class!!
I think the fact that they the caring union types chose to sup there just about sums up this whole shitfest.
Comment by Exclamation Mark — October 22, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
They would have stopped following if Mr Whipp had stopped for 20 seconds and given them a response I suspect.
Comment by dpf — October 22, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
Who claimed that Police got involved and when?
The guy does look like a thug though. why is Helen Kelly and AE protecting him from the media spotlight though? Why isn’t he putting forward his case? If he has right on his side then he has nothing to worry about.
Comment by Gosman — October 22, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
waitaminte… are people suggesting that an aussie union organiser is a thug?!
now, what are the odds of that? really now?
Comment by che tibby — October 22, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
Makes me sadden for the days of the true Da Lench Mob, second single, first album….
Comment by k.jones — October 22, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
Apologies all – twas supposed to be a discrete link
Comment by k.jones — October 22, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
What kind of country do we live in if union bosses can’t meet at Matterhorn to decide the future of 22,000 people’s jobs over a few $42 Mains and some cocktails, without being harangued by smelly jobless proles?
Comment by DBM — October 22, 2010 @ 3:21 pm
Questionable geography alert: Matterhorn isn’t on Courtenay Place, it’s on Cuba Street.
Comment by Hugo Drax — October 22, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
It has become increasingly clear that workers on The Hobbit need to band together in some kind of collective association, so that they can protect themselves from exploitative actions by a few powerful people.
Now if only there were a name for such an organization?
Comment by Vibenna — October 22, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
Comment by Hugo Drax — October 22, 2010 @ 3:32 pm
Matterhorn isn’t on Courtenay Place, it’s on Cuba Street.
Thanks, I knew that, but I’m a pretty lousy blogger . . .
Comment by danylmc — October 22, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
Heh!This is so funny….the fluffy artry-farty left at odds with the blue collar,actually do sommething for a living left….and the rest of NZ.
If National keeep the Hobbit here with a tax break sweetener and a few sothing words to Warners then next years election is bagged.Labour might as well not turn up.
Comment by James — October 22, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
Unintentionally hilarious, woefully ill-informed — and, at times, really quite nasty.
One can only imagine the outrage if someone on the right had described participants in a march of working people (many of them union members) as “dull-witted” and “troll-like”. He’s not the only one doing it either.
Comment by Russell Brown — October 22, 2010 @ 3:55 pm
Aren’t many of those technicians covered by the EMPU? What does Andrew Little think?
Comment by Vibenna — October 22, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
Aren’t many of those technicians covered by the EMPU? What does Andrew Little think?
I’m guessing he thinks what Phil Goff thinks – that someone really needs to vacum under their desks, it’s filthy down there!
Comment by danylmc — October 22, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
Gee, I have covered disputes where the aggrieved parties were giving one of the parties far more than that exceedingly mild bit of street theatre. Cabinet Ministers and many other authority figures, including employers, get far worse. Not infrequently the aggressor is a union. By the way, did the star of Outrageous Fortune really use that wonderful weasel word, inappropriate? Life not imitating art in this case.
Comment by Tinakori — October 22, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
Chris Trotter has decided to ban me from his site though.
Warg-riders from The Standard’s commentary thread will be slain at the border.”
Okay Chris I think you might be taking this LOTR analogy a little too far. LOL!
BTW The Matterhorn is technically off Cuba Mall not Cuba St ;)
Comment by Gosman — October 22, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
Something for Jennifer Ward-Leland and Robyn Malcolm to meditate on over the weekend:
Comment by Exclamation Mark — October 22, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
The Unite Union is now explicitly threatening to pull a Hobbit on the Rugby World Cup.
Comment by Vibenna — October 22, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
@ #4 Will de Cleene
Nice lebowski-ism, but its actually “Do you see what happens Larry? Do you see what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass?”
Comment by mutyala — October 22, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
I’m a bit confused about why exactly I am supposed to feel sorry for Peter Jackson – isn’t he a multi-millionaire who was able to make much of his money of the low-wage economy that exists in New Zealand?
Comment by Tim — October 22, 2010 @ 5:34 pm
Kelly on NatRad said there was no danger of such union sabotage because unions are always reasonable. Which is a reasonable response.
But with her credility in shreds, what value is such reassurance now? That’s the price she will pay for being a party to this complete fuckup. She makes things up, insults people who really have done well for workers and blunders into a dispute with zero understanding of the issues involved weilding her one-size-fits-all-issues class warfare ax.
Comment by NeilM — October 22, 2010 @ 5:42 pm
You don’t need to feel sorry for Jackson – he gets to make his movie no matter what, although he’ll be inconvenienced if he has to make it overseas. You should feel sorry for the several thousand people who will lose their jobs/won’t get employment if Warner Bros decides New Zealand is too high risk for them to make their movie here.
Comment by danylmc — October 22, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
I can’t help thinking that Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelley must be feeling a bit like Mac Bethad mac Findlaích:
“For mine own good,
All causes shall give way: I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er:
Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;
Which must be acted ere they may be scann’d”
Comment by Vibenna — October 22, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
Ta, mutyala. Got my Lebowskiisms mixed up.
Comment by Will de Cleene — October 22, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Comment by Exclamation Mark
EM, thats classic!
Comment by Clunking Fist — October 22, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
Wonder how much smackdown Kelly and Malcolm and the aussie capbetbagger would have received if this happened on Clarks watch.
Comment by leon — October 23, 2010 @ 8:04 am
Sam Finnemore@3: Yes – that Trotter piece was truly bizarre, which is saying quite a lot for the chap who compared critics of Winston Peters to pack rapists and introduced “courageous corruption” into the political lexicon.
If jumping the shark was an Olympic event, Trotter would have a lock on the gold by default.
I was thinking more Richard Gloucester than Macbeth —
“Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile,
And cry, ‘Content,’ to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
I’ll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall;
I’ll slay more gazers than the basilisk;
I’ll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slily than Ulysses could,
And, like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murd’rous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
Tut! were it further off, I’ll pluck it down.”
Comment by Craig Ranapia — October 23, 2010 @ 8:32 am
Geez, you’d think Weta Workshop could have at least rustled up a few flaming torches and polystyrene pitchforks. And the costume director really failed to create the ‘angry villager’ period look if you ask me.
Comment by garethw — October 23, 2010 @ 8:48 am
Did any Wellingtonians notice that they were walking around in a circle ?
Wonbder whether it was because it was more dramatic ?
Based on the last shot of the dumb man receding into the distance, they could have simply crossed Dixon street and gone straight.
Comment by Durden — October 23, 2010 @ 9:16 am
gareth, they were going to arrive by Fell Beast but those things are a bugger to clean up after.
Comment by Ataahua — October 23, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Satire, Danyl? Have you a daily quota of quats to itch, or is it just that incipient megalomania is infectious?
Comment by Galeandra — October 23, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
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