Safety mission fail

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City Hall has confirmed Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 6 film crew didn’t follow the rulebook when shooting near Queenstown.

Despite the “procedural oversight”, in forgetting to apply for a traffic management plan, New Zealand film company DWTT Productions escaped punishment.

Last month Mountain Scene reported local snapper Blair Pattinson raised safety concerns about filming near Skippers Canyon Bridge.

Queenstown’s council granted a filming consent to DWTT, a subsidiary of US movie giant Viacom.

Council regulatory boss Lee Webster says the production company “should have obtained a traffic management permit before filming around Skippers Bridge”.

“While not ideal, such an oversight can be understood due to the organic nature of the needs of such a large production involving many moving parts.”

DWTT could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Webster says council contacted the company but no action was taken despite their rule-breaking.

“Had they applied for such a permit they would have had it granted, and it seems that under the circumstances they managed traffic effectively and safely.”

That contradicts concerns raised by Pattinson – a freelancer for Mountain Scene – who didn’t want to comment for this story.

He witnessed manoeuvres by three helicopters over and under the Skippers Canyon Bridge for about 40 minutes on July 8.

At the time he questioned why no traffic plan was in place to ensure public safety.

Filming of the Hollywood blockbuster was halted earlier this month after Cruise, 55, was injured during a stunt scene in London.

Mission: Impossible 6 is scheduled for release next July.

louises@scene.co.nz