Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Photograph: Samir Hussein/FilmMagic
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is facing questions about its safety standards after the death of a Canadian on the set last month.
Jessie Mullen, 35, was working as a body double for Nolan and suffered a heart attack while working in conditions too dim to see through a white cloth, according to the local group New Mexico West.
Nolan said Mullen died in a “tragic accident”.
Investigators are said to be probing whether the crew was operating under the correct safety conditions at the time of the tragedy.
Why are there so many deadly accidents on Hollywood sets?
Modern technology has fuelled concerns about unsafe working conditions.
A 2013 study found that “hollywood’s high rate of on-set deaths is tied directly to the heavy use of stuntmen”, many of whom are paid below the minimum wage and potentially more at risk than the main cast.
It also says that training, supervision and supervision of casting and crew levels are among key parts of production that could do more to protect actors from dangerous working conditions.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, set deaths have been on the rise since a horrific 2010 accident on the set of the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables which claimed the life of model Maria Bello.
Some Hollywood unionists say Hollywood producers are sometimes aware of the risks but avoid the legal liability that comes with addressing the problems.
The site also found that in 2017 a young actor died on the set of Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s first Star Wars movie, and since 2000 there have been more than 50 on-set deaths.
In the last couple of years alone we’ve seen: