Russell Crowe has been slammed by a MP after it was revealed filming for his new movie was taking place on the NSW south coast as millions remain in lockdown across the state.

The Australian actor’s film Poker Face is currently being shot in Kiama, south of Sydney and Wollongong.

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But with Greater Sydney, including Shellharbour, which is just a 15-minute drive away from Kiama, in lockdown, questions as to why filming has been allowed to go ahead have been raised.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward took to social media to slam the project.

“This makes a total mockery of the Public Health Orders,” he said.

“People can’t see family and friends, funerals limited to 10, no cases in Shellharbour but still locked down but apparently “A-listers” producing movies is essential?,” Ward said on social media.

Under lockdown restrictions, residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons including exercise, shopping, healthcare and work.

It’s believed production of the film is taking place under very strict COVID protocols, according to Variety.

Russell Crowe.
Russell Crowe. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

And while production of the film has raised concerns with some, others say it’s a positive move for the region.

“There’s a lot of interest around the place from visitors and locals,” Destination Kiama chair Mat Brown told the ABC.

“Once they are released, they are really important for tourism.”

Gareth Ward slammed the decision to allow production of the film to go ahead.
Gareth Ward slammed the decision to allow production of the film to go ahead. Credit: Twitter

Poker Face is also set to be filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney.

The cast of the film includes Liam Hemsworth and his sister-in-law Elsa Pataky.

The movie is set to be released next year.

7NEWS.com.au has contacted the Department of Health for comment.

Anger as Russell Crowe film Poker Face begins production in Kiama on NSW south coast
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