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Nudity, intimacy and simulated sex have an role to play in performance art, but performers and productions teams are vulnerable when engaged in hyper-exposed work.
The SA Guild of Actors has been working with several other industry bodies on standards and protocols that provide a framework for working with intimacy during pre-production, on-set and post-production. These policies provide a safety net for performers while allowing for a more efficient production.
Film-making is a complex collaborative endeavour. But did you know that there’s another player in the game?
Hugh Melamdowitz, partner at Spoor & Fisher explains the ins and outs of creative rights in the film industry. IP rights shape each stage of the film-maker’s journey, from script to screen. They help producers to attract the funds and enable directors, screenwriters, actors and technicians to earn a living. IP-related agreements that can arise in the process of film-making are as varied as they are numerous.
Submissions by the South African Guild of Actors to Government Notice Number R1591 dated 11 December, 2019 entitled: "Intention to Deem Persons in the Film and Television Industry as Employees for provisions of some parts of the BCEA and LRA". The best solution for actors is for there to be a sectoral determination for the Audio-visual and Live Performance industry that considers the peculiarities and intricacies of the sector. This sectoral determination would allow for a more robust and exact regulations for the sector so that the intended protections of labour legislation can be afforded to them.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it the requirement for a new work protocol to mitigate the impact of the virus on the country and its people.
The attached protocol guidelines to the film and television production sector in respect of providing a safe workplace and to minimize the risk of COVID-19 while working in the screen sector. These guidelines are subject to revision and amendment from time to time.
The Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers Protection Amendment Bill ensure that actors will never again be forced to sign away all their rights. It is essential that this power imbalance is confronted and addressed through legislative reforms.
South Africa and other countries are currently considering proposals to convert from a “fair dealing” to a “fair use” user rights system. Some critics of the change fill their arguments with hyperbole without describing the facts about what is really at stake.
Through various channels, SAGA has been lobbying government and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effect changes to the existing Performers Protection Act, which dates back to 1967 and which fails to protect the rights of actors in today’s environment.