NEWLYWEDS in Perth have lost thousands of dollars after a local wedding photographer went out of business.
Launch Film Productions’ customers paid deposits and full amounts for upcoming weddings with reports so far suggesting total losses of $450,000.
Consumer Protection has received calls and emails from about 90 people who have been left without their photographs and videos.
It emerged this week that Knightly Corporation Pty Ltd, which traded as Launch Film Productions, had been placed into liquidation by the Federal Court.
The company’s main website has been removed and contact numbers have been disconnected. A winding-up application was submitted by the Australian Taxation Office and PriceWaterhouseCooper has been appointed as liquidators of the company.
A former employee has reported that future bookings included four weddings this weekend and another eight in the near future.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard called on affected consumers to come forward.
“While we are still investigating, we are keen to have Launch Film Productions customers contact Consumer Protection and register their details so we can assess the situation and provide them with details of the liquidator and instructions on what to do,” Mr Hillyard said.
“It is always difficult for consumers when a business closes down as their orders and bookings are put into doubt and, in this case, there are fears that the photos and videos that can’t be recreated may not be supplied.
“There are also concerns for those with future bookings about getting an alternative photographer at short notice.”
Consumers who are awaiting products from Launch Films or have future bookings should contact Consumer Protection by email email@example.com or call 1300 30 40 54.
— Have you been affected? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.