The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to movie sets in Australia, while ironically also attracting high profile productions and stars to our shores due to Australia’s lower infection rate.

This brought in millions of dollars to major cities like Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast and regional towns such as Broken Hill and the NSW Northern Rivers, with movies such as Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Prime TV series Nine Perfect Strangers.

Still, many workers have been made redundant and lockdowns have crippled work on high profile films like Russell Crowe’s Poker Face.

In this audio documentary Central News looks at the impact of lockdowns on the Australian movie industry and talks to industry figures about the ongoing financial struggle of film makers, actors and workers.