British commercial broadcaster ITV has greenlit a landmark feature documentary from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald that will tackle Britain’s experience with the coronavirus pandemic.
Through personal testimony and observational footage, The Year That Changed Britain (working title) will offer exclusive insights into the working lives of ICU staff from various hospitals across the UK and the patients they treat during a global crisis.
Macdonald (pictured) has acquired unprecedented access to intensive care units throughout the country – from Whittington Hospital in London to The Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire.
The film begins prior to the pandemic becoming a global medical emergency, captures the moments of optimistic breakthrough, and documents the peak of the crisis that has already killed 1.24 million people worldwide and infected more than 48.8 million to date.
The Year That Changed Britain is produced by Lawrence Elman and Nick Fraser’s Docsville Studios, Expanded Media and Altitude Factual. The film marks the first project for the newly formed studio under the Altitude Media Group banner.
Nick Fraser is executive producer along with Will Clarke and Paul Sowerbutts from Altitude Media Group and Expanded’s Francis Hopkinson and Liz Thorburn. Elman and Katie Buchanan also serve as producers on behalf of Docsville.
The film will be released in UK and Irish theaters by Altitude Film Distribution in 2021.
“As we are living with the unfolding pandemic we are enduring and adapting to how this affects us all, this film is crucial to our comprehension of what our future will look like. We are able to watch first-hand how the landscape of our lives changes,” said Macdonald in a statement.
Macdonald’s past film credits include 1999′s One Day in September, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Touching the Void (2003); The Last King of Scotland (2006); and Whitney (2018).