Healthcare workers Covid-19 experiences are being turned into a documentary

Still from the new film being created about healthcare workers and the Covid pandemic, by Anglia Ruskin University's...

Still from the new film being created about healthcare workers and the Covid-19 pandemic - Credit: Emily Gilhespy

Anglia Ruskin University's StoryLab research institute is creating a documentary which chronicles healthcare workers experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

The film-in-progress originated from The Frontline project launched in April last year.

Dr Marques Hardin, Researcher at StoryLab, said: “StoryLab set up an online archive at the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

"We invited health and social care professionals to submit their stories and experiences through any creative media.

“We received over 85 contributions during Covid-19's first wave and decided to evolve the project into a documentary film.


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"This subsequent and ongoing journey has given us all a highly charged and emotional insight into the world of our healthcare practitioners.

"We think there is an important value in the creative output of health and social care professionals during the pandemic.

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"These creative narratives can provide deeper insights into their experiences and help the public gain a fuller understanding of Covid-19's impact on those who care for us."

It is a year since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 to be a global pandemic.


Shortlisted for award

StoryLab’s Dr Fabrizio Galeazzi has been shortlisted for a British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies innovation award for the documentary Italia Terremotata.

The film, which was produced with Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco of the University of Essex, tells the story of an Italian town destroyed by an earthquake in 1980.

The researchers used 3D technology to recreate Senerchia, and combined this footage with interviews with those affected, songs, poems, and archive material, including photos and newspaper reports.

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