A host of stars are uniting amid the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike to auction off odd jobs and their time to raise money for a good cause.
The likes of Lena Dunham, Adam Scott, Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Lithgow have joined the eBay auction put forward by The Union Solidarity Coalition, to raise funds for film crew members who need healthcare amid the strikes.
“Net proceeds benefit our crew healthcare fund,” the auction reads.
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Girls creator Dunham, 37, will paint a mural in your home, with the current bid on the project being approximately (AU) $4711.03 (USD $3050.00).
Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott, 50, is offering to walk a fan’s dog for an hour in Los Angeles, with the current bid being (AU) $3088 (USD $2025.00).
Fans also have the chance to bid on a chat with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal for 20 minutes or to take a pottery class with actress Busy Philipps in New York.
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An incredible option could be a watercolour portrait of your dog by actor John Lithgow – which has a current bid of (AU) $6500 (USD $4150 USD).
Other items on offer include a Daisy Jones and the Six aurora vinyl signed by Riley Keough and a virtual hang out with the cast of Bones.
The writers strike began on May 2 and actors joined them in July.
This marks the first time since 1960 that both actors and writers have stopped work.
Production on basically every scripted film and TV series has ground to a halt, with actors even walking out of their movie premieres mid-way through the event.
Under the conditions of the strike, members of SAG-AFTRA aren’t allowed to work, or do anything that would constitute promotion of their work. This includes interviews, conventions and attending premieres.
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Some films have arranged what’s called an “interim agreement” with SAG-AFTRA, which allows them to continue filming or promotion cycles without being in breach of the strike conditions.
These films are from smaller, independent studios, not the large billion-dollar companies whom the actors are protesting against.
SAG-AFTRA is a union that represents over 160,000 TV and movie actors, voiceover artists and other entertainment professionals. It functions like any other union: negotiating the best wages, working conditions, benefits; preserving members’ work opportunities; and protecting members against unauthorised use of their work.
The president of the union is Fran Drescher, star of The Nanny. Actors want higher residual payments when their work airs on streaming services and assurances about the use of AI in future projects.
Australia’s Margot Robbie has unequivocally joined the strike, saying “I’m very much in support of all the unions and I’m a member of SAG so I would absolutely stand by that.”