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SPA reaffirms support for safe practices on set after the death of Halyna Hutchins

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Screen Producers Australia (SPA) CEO Matthew Deaner today issued the following statement in response to the passing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins:

“SPA was saddened to hear of the tragic passing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the injuries sustained by director Joel Souza in an on-set incident in the US this week. 

“A film set is a unique environment which presents unique workplace hazards. Safety has always been a priority at SPA, and it is for this reason we have been working closely with the MEAA and the wider industry to implement the National Guidelines for Screen Safety here in Australia. 

“The Guidelines are applicable to productions of all levels – from music videos to feature films – and contain specific provisions for High Risk Production Activities, such as the use of firearms.

“Everyone involved in bringing a story to the screen – from producers, to directors, actors, and stunt performers – has a responsibility to create and promote a safe workplace culture. I encourage all screen workers to refer to the Guidelines for assistance on identifying, avoiding, and managing risks from the start of pre-production to wrap.”We wish Souza a speedy recovery and send our deepest condolences to Hutchins’ family, friends, and cast and crew working with her on the production.”

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