One of the first cinematic processing of the corona pandemic is taking place in Great Britain: The miniseries “This Sceptered Island” is supposed to focus primarily on the role of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who initially took the virus little seriously and eventually fell ill with Covid-19 himself and had to stay in the intensive care unit of a hospital for weeks. He is played by Kenneth Branagh, who last appeared in “Tenet” and can look back on a comprehensive oeuvre as a director (including “Thor” and “Mord im Orient-Express”).
The broadcaster Sky is producing the series, which is to be seen on Sky Atlantic and Now TV from autumn 2022, and filming is scheduled to begin soon. The story is based on first-hand reports from staff at 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, the scientific expert panel and hospitals and nursing homes across the country, Sky said.
Michael Winterbottom was hired as a director. “ The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered forever,” says the Briton. “Our series interweaves countless true stories (…) to reflect the efforts of scientists, doctors, nursing home workers and decision-makers to protect us from the virus.” (Ck, red)
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