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Martin Scorsese makes short film for BBC about being in isolation

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Story by Jack Foley

MARTIN Scorsese has made a short film for the BCC about being in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The self-shot film sees the iconic director exploring what the lockdown has meant to him about both himself and the human experience in general.

The one-off feature is set to premiere on May 28, 2020, in the final episode of Lockdown Culture With Mary Beard, the retitled new series of the BBC’s flagship arts programme, Front Row Late.

Another US filmmaker, Lee Daniels, also appears on the show, explaining why he believes the current shutdown in Hollywood could be a radical creative opportunity for filmmakers.

Scorsese commented: “What I look forward to in the future is carrying with me what I have been forced to learn in these circumstances. It is the essential. The people you love. Being able to take care of them and be with them as much as you can.”

Throughout its latest run, Lockdown Culture With Mary Beard has featured cultural figures such as Margaret Atwood and her sister with a homespun puppet show created at their kitchen table, sculptor Antony Gormley on his state of isolation and creativity and Kwame Kwei-Armah with Antonio Pappano and Juliet Stevenson on why theatre matters.

Commenting on Scorsese’s involvement, Beard said: “Martin Scorsese makes a wonderful end to the series. We see him at home, thinking about lockdown through the lens of classic movies, like Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man.

“But what’s really clever is that this great Hollywood luminary also gets us to look at Hitchcock again afresh through the lens of our current predicament. I was absolutely over the moon when he agreed to do it for us. It feels a bit like hosting a little premiere. And it all contributes to a pretty amazing finale.”