This week sees the launch of the fundraising campaign for Start.Stop.Repeat., a documentary intended to explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from the point of view of those working on the front line. By looking at events in the context of previous pandemics, the film will seek to learn lessons so that we can improve the way we do things in future.
While many filmmakers have found ways of engaging with the pandemic - such as Federico Zampaglione, who made shorts Tulpa & Shadow and Bianca: Phase 2 in his own home, and Rob Savage, who made Host with most of his actors shooting their scenes in isolation - Nidhi Gupta's film will be one of the first documentaries to address the pandemic head on. As well as being a filmmaker, Gupta is a doctor who has been directly involved in treating Covid-19 patients, an experience that led to her becoming infected herself. She is still recovering.
"Nidhi is both a serious and passionate filmmaker, and a dedicated frontline doctor," said Peter J Storey, CEO of film funding platform Greenlit. "In these confusing times, her insight and distinct voice is unique in helping us understand what’s happening, and more importantly, where we might go next."
The film is a not for profit project and any income it generates will be donated to foo banks.