Well, well, well. What do we have here?
Hollywood gets heavy over Hobbit
Film giant Warner Brothers has told the Government it will jeopardise future film investment if it releases "sensitive information" about the deal to keep production of The Hobbit in New Zealand.
Ombudsman David McGee has ordered the release of 18 previously withheld Government documents about the 2010 deal.
They include emails between Warner Bros' New Line studio, Sir Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films and the Government about the union dispute that threatened to take production offshore.
The Government, which had refused to release the documents, can now prevent their publication only by issuing an order in council, signed by the governor-general. Such a power has never been used.
Now If I remember correctly, and i think I do, the media in NZ immediately sided with Peter Jackson and the PM in attacking the Unions and claiming it was their fault that The Hobbit may go overseas.
Interestingly of course, once Peter Jackson's emails were released that position was shown up for the lie it always was...
Sir Peter: Actors no threat to Hobbit
Sir Peter Jackson told the Government he did not believe an international actors' boycott would force The Hobbit overseas, emails show.
...so why shouldn't we see the emails between Warner Brothers and Wingnut as well? NZ has shoveled tens of millions of dollars worth of corporate welfare into this movie and re-wrote our employment law for a foreign corporation all because the Actors Union was supposedly threatening the film being shot here.
The sleepy hobbits of NZ bought John Key's and Peter Jackson's deceptions and indulged in some good old fashioned union bashing so why can't we see what really happened?
I wonder if an apology is due to the Unions?