With the US actors’ union SAG-AFTRA strike looking likely to go ahead, the rest of the world is bracing itself for the possible knock-on effects, with the London premiere of Oppenheimer and Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh both having to work around the possibility of US actors downing tools later today.
SAG-AFTRA’s National Board will vote on Thursday morning (July 13), PT time, on whether to strike. The result will be announced at a press conference at 12.00 PT.
Universal has reportedly shifted London’s Oppenheimer premiere start time from 17.45 UK time to 16.45 to allow the cast to participate in press opportunities without breaking SAG-AFTRA strike rules. Christopher Nolan’s film stars Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh and Matthew Modine.
Modine is in Ireland at the Galway Film Fleadh, where his feature The Martini Shot is due to world premiere tonight. Galway has moved the scheduled photocall to 15.30 today, local time. This is to avoid any possible complications that could arise from the strike. The CEO of the Galway Film Fleadh, Miriam Allen said, “While we are very supportive both of the actors and writers in their attempts to strike a deal with the major streaming services and studios, we believe that it’s important to keep our programme of films and events going.” The fleadh is the first film festival in the world to be effected by the upcoming strike action and we believe there is no better way to show our solidarity with both SAG and the WGA than showing the wonderful work of their members on the screen.”
Actors’ strike looms after SAG-AFTRA contract talks break down