80 Gold Coast locals sacked from the Thor: Ragnarok movie set

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“Two weeks ago you couldn’t drive into the studio for all the traffic and getting out took 15 minutes – now you can just drive in and out instantly, it feels quite desolate,” the worker said.

He added the jobs of interstate and New Zealand crew working on the film, which is being directed by Kiwi Taika Waititi, were being favoured ahead of locals.

“There is quite a lot of antagonism about how the New Zealand crew is being well looked after and seem to be in charge of a lot of the main jobs,” the worker said.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira did not return calls yesterday but said last week: “Different skill sets are needed at different times and not all crew work for the duration of the filming.”

Last month, $30 million of taxpayer money was poured into the pockets of Screen Queensland. It comes on the back of the Federal Government dishing out a $47.25 million grant to secure Thor: Ragnarok and 20th Century Fox’s latest Alien movie.

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Thor: Ragnarok star Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk. Picture from his Instagram page.