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TALKS TO BE HELD ON RATES FOR FILM PLAYERS
i^Ej'*Mj.n: EaIîn.S Studios, Columbia Pictures, and Mr Charles Chauvel have
agreed to discuss with Actors' Equity rates of payment of Australian film players.
hnnprfA1<VXander said ^ay that he KL to" arranB« a conference SA -aU p,a,rtles within a week.
aK Jf^Ä1^ for minimum sal ¿K\?ff ?^ !? £20 a week- This ages not include star players.
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A meeting of Actors' Equity mern
bers on Thursday evening will con- sider and vote upon the claims of Mr Alexander, Equity secretary.
Mr N. P. Perry, managing director in Australia for Columbia Pictures, today said that he and his company were not compelled to make pictures in Australia. (A recent successful Columbia picture was Smithy.) If conditions were made too difficult by such organisations as Actors' Equity, his company would be compelled unwillingly to abandon the idea of producing films in Australia.
Mr S. Y. Gresham, of Ealing studios, which made The Overlan- der under the directions of Mr Harry Watt, said that his studios would give up all idea of making more films in Australia rather than submit to Mr Alexander's ridiculous demands.
It was officially stated on behalf of Mr William Lynch, of Endeavour Films, which is making The Intimate Stranger, that the company's rates of pay had been approved by Mr Alexander.