Sir Peter Jackson raised concerns in 2010 about immigration rules required to bring Hobbit film workers into the country - and the Government gave him an assurance it would intervene to ensure he would not face problems.

New papers released under the Official Information Act yesterday showed Sir Peter met Arts and Culture Minister Chris Finlayson and the Screen Production and Development Association (Spada) in September 2010, during the furore over the actors' guild blacklisting of The Hobbit.

Under immigration law at the time production companies wishing to employ overseas workers had to get a letter of consent from the relevant union such as Actors Equity or the Technicians Guild.

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