Two time Best Documentary short subject oscar winner, Filmmaker Malcolm Clarke is set to shoot a feature length documentary about the ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, Wuhan-A season in Hell.
The film will be based on the chronicle of the initial days of the global pandemic in Wuhan’s ERs and ICUs and the scale of the local outbreak which saw 42000 doctors and nurses travel to Hubei Province to volunteer to battle the lethal disease.
Clare took residence as a secure hotel adjacent to the wet market where the virus had outbreaks with his team of 20 filmmakers. They were also detained and forcibly quarantined by the local government but later given exclusive access to the Wuhan at the height of the COVID-19 virus.
The filmmakers have been taking interviews with traders at the wet market, local doctors , volunteers , senior officials who investigated the outbreak of the virus and several of the first patients diagnosed with COVID-19 to record their experience of what happened in those early days.
Director Clarke said,’This is by far the most challenging film I’ve ever made, shooting a film in a place where the country, the entire society, has taken itself to ‘war. The Wuhan experience has since become a microcosm – an object lesson in how the whole world could, and perhaps should have responded to this terrifying, invisible, mortal threat. This film is about responsibility; it’s the stories of those who stepped up and risked their lives, and the stories of those who could’ve done much more.’
DOP Femi Daut, best known for oscar-nominee Honeyland said,’I never expected my first working experience in China to be in the epicenter of a plague. I had to get used to operating cameras with three layers of PPE. I really felt the fear and pain of the Wuhan people.’