An actor was shot dead in Brisbane’s CBD during a music video filming on Monday.
Actor and stuntman Johann Ofner was shot in the chest during the filming of hip hop group Bliss n Eso’s new music video for the song “Friend Like You” at Brooklyn Standard bar.
Ofner received immediate treatment from paramedics and police, but died at the scene.
Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said the use of real firearms in the filming would be central to the investigation.
“A scene was being conducted in which the actors were using firearms,” he said. “As a result of the use of those firearms one of the actors has received a wound to the chest and subsequently died from his injuries… how they occurred that is part of our investigation.”
Bliss n Eso confirmed that the filming was for their music video.
“The band were not on site at the time. The video production crew and our team are currently working with the police in their investigation and we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”
Zoe Angus, director of creative workers’ union the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance said the incident underlined the importance of industry compliance to workplace safety.
“This tragedy is a stark reminder that the screen industry is inherently dangerous and of the need for total vigilance about workplace safety at all times on set,” she said.
“This is a wake-up call for those safety guidelines to be reviewed and extended into — for example — online productions, music videos, the whole other raft of screen production sector.”