Melbourne, Australia – In photography Posted on Instagram, actors Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba and Matt Damon, all wearing 1980s-style sweaters, hugged. They are masked. to touch. Happy too. The caption reads: “The 80s-themed party never did any harm!”
His fans expressed displeasure and linked the post with comments. What is epidemic? Social distancing? Mask? We are also, after all, suffering through an epidemic that has all crippled the travel industry and left most people carelessly off to vacation in paradise.
But the Hollywood brigade was in Australia, a country that has effectively stamped coronoviruses, helping authorities ease restrictions for most ceremonies, including parties (with dancing and finger foods). As a result of the near-absence of the virus, more generous subsidies from the Australian government, the country’s film industry has been humming at an energetic pace for months compared to other places.
Australia lured many Hollywood directors and actors to continue filming. In fact, many celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa McCarthy, have overcome the epidemic there.
As one person wrote on Mr. Hemsworth’s Instagram post: “Before you comment, remember that not everyone lives in America.”
Although the accelerated pace of vaccination in the United States is expected to return to parts of normalcy by summer, the country still leads the world in the number of coronovirus cases and deaths. Movie theater Reopened in New York City only last week. Some fans are cautiously retreating, while others are still careful to avoid the virus.
But thousands of miles away, many of the stars appearing on the big screen can be shot or filmed at locations in Australia. (Mr. Hemsworth himself is a permanent fixture – he moved back to Australia in 2017 after several years of living in Los Angeles.) In the United States, where hundreds of people are dying every day, some fans look on with envy.
“These Hollywood stars have been sent to another world where there are no problems in this world,” said Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University in New York. He said the temporary exodus from the United States revealed another crumbling of myth that Hollywood was an endgame for celebrities.
Australia has become a “hip place”, where “fantastic people want to go,” Professor Thompson said. “When you’re trying to be a star, you’ve left for the West Coast to make your bones.” When you become “a very big star”, you buy foreign assets like Australia.
“It definitely sounds like a time machine,” Ms. Portman is calling from Sydney, Told late night host Jimmy Kimmel In December. “It’s very different, all the animals are different, all the trees are different, I mean there are also birds, like, flying around pigeons like multicolored parrots,” she said. “It’s wild.”
A spokesman said that the government helped 22 international productions in the local economy by crores. Federal Minister of Communications Paul Fletcher said, “There is no doubt that this is a very significant spike on previous levels of activity.”
But when celebrities arrive on social media, some Australians shy away from saying that the country’s strategy to stamp the virus in the country is tens of thousands of citizens. Stranded abroad. Strict border measures have also contributed Farm labor shortage.
Exceptions were made for tennis players Compete in australian open Last month, as well as staff members running the tournament. The presence of Hollywood’s rich and famous has angered critics, who see a clear bending of the rules with money and power.
“Everyone knows there is a different set of rules, it seems, to everyone who is a celebrity or has money,” Daniel Tuccia, an Australian who stuck with his family abroad for several months last year went. “There are still a lot of people who have not been able to find a home, who do not fall into that category, who are still stranded,” he said.
In an email statement, the Australian Border Force said the travel waiver for film and television productions “is believed to be where evidence of economic benefit the production will bring to Australia and support from the relevant state authority”.
A year ago, Tom Hanks, Every Hollywood Man, Made it all real Epidemic risk when he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for coronovirus in Queensland, Australia, while he was filming an anonymous Elvis biopic. His illness had personally posed a threat whose seriousness had only begun to crystallize at that time.
But by May, Australia was ready to eradicate the first wave of viruses, and the soap opera “Neighbors”. Became one of the world’s first scripted TV series to resume production. The federal government has committed more than $ 400 million for international productions, which, combined with existing subsidies, gives film and television producers up to 30 percent off-shoot to shoot in the country.
Over 20 international productions including “Thor: Love and Thunder”, a Marvel film starring Mr. Hemsworth, Mr. Damon, Ms. Portman, Tika Vetti, Tessa Thompson and Mr. Bell; “Three Thousand Years of Lust,” a fictional romance starring Mr. Elba and Tilda Swinton; And “The foreigner, A spinoff of the podcast made after the popular Netflix series “Tiger King” starring “Saturday Night Live” actress Kate McKinnon as big-cat enthusiast Carol Beskin, may be filmed either in the coming years. year.
Ron Howard is directing “Thirteen lives,” A dramatization of the 2018 Thai rescue of a football team from a cave in Queensland (Australia’s coast makes a good stand-in for the Tropics). And later this year, Julia Roberts and George Clooney are set to arrive in the same state for the shooting of “Ticket to Paradise”, a romantic comedy.
While many American stars have landed in the country for temporary work, some, such as Ms. McCarthy, have originally decided to stay in Australia to work on “Nine Perfect Strangers”, shooting other projects for the industry. I said those people. “Oh, birds!” She yearned In a youtube video. “I love that I have seen a spider the size of my head.”
Others like Zac Efron have settled here permanently.
His Instagram is flush with Australia: here he is in a hammock, in a red-earth desert, To participate in an indigenous ceremony Or wearing an Australian cowboy hat, a Akubra. Last year, Mr Efron also received what an Adelaide hairdresser described as “mullet”, a fairly popular hairstyle in Australia.
“Home Sweet Home,” he said Captioned an image In front of a camper worth over $ 100,000.
There is a possibility that the stars will continue to appear. They are spotted camping under the stars, Going out for dinner mask, And Partying (yes, like it’s 1989) Belongs to. Mr Damon said in January that Australia was certainly a “lucky country”.
But the locals in Byron Bay – the seaside town that has been in recent years Changed from hippie to glitter – have complained that the influx of stars has changed the city in the last one year.
“Actors and famous people are the tip of the iceberg,” said local artist and Byron Bay Surf Festival director James McMillan. He said large groups of production crew members from Melbourne and Sydney were driving locals out of real estate.
“Certainly I have never changed it in the last 12 months,” said Mr. McMillan, who has lived in Byron Bay for two decades. “People have got stars in their eyes.”