Damia Petti, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 212 (Calgary, AB), says the actions of the crew of the film The Revenant went to “the outer edge of safety” though its producer insists on-set safety was closely followed. Anonymous crew members reported to The Hollywood Reporter that working on Alejandro G. Inarritu’s follow-up to Birdman was a living hell. Fifteen to 20 of them were either fired or quit during the filming, which took place in remote rural Alberta during the brutally cold Canadian winter.
“It’s a different world than being in a studio,” Petti told THR. “In my jurisdiction, we’ve gone many years with no film studios. The opinions of crew when working in extreme conditions need to be heard and I feel that at times some productions are not listening.”