With productions potentially on hold for months, small pockets of help are springing up for those out of pocket, says Georgette Turner

Many of our junior grades have been waiting for the work boom as we are all very used to the months at the start of the year being quiet.

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Normally, the work would start to get busier now but unfortunately Covid-19 has caused many productions in the UK to hiatus, meaning even longer periods of unemployment.

Currently, the statutory sick pay does not extend to freelancers so it’s a troubling time.

So far we know that many Netflix, Warner Brothers and Apple shows have been put on hold - crew are just waiting to see if they will any pay for the periods of hiatus. 

Most productions have advised a four-week hiatus, which will be reviewed in four weeks but could potentially go on for months.

In an effort to help our department, myself and fellow location manager Vinnie Jassal have setup a GoFundMe page, which has currently raised £1500. The aim is to offer means tested relief for those who are struggling. We are not claiming to work miracles but if we can ease a bill or too it all helps.

We also have companies that deliver consumables and facilities to the film industry with drivers on salary finding them without work to do.

Spottlesh20 Limited and Autotrak have offered drivers for all areas of London and Oxfordshire to get food to people in quarantine and Peasnell power is putting its refrigerated trucks to work doing their own version of food deliveries to those that are self-isolating. 

It’s lovely to see those that are usually competitors coming together to help each other.

Georgette Turner is a location manager who was worked on Downton Abbey, Hard Sun, Stan Lee: Lucky Man and movies including Wonder Woman and Bloodshot

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