Christopher Nolan talks about coronavirus pandemic
He discussed the impact of coronavirus on the entertainment industry
The coronavirus pandemic is not just a disease, it is so much more than that. It is not only killing thousands but it is slowly revealing the rotten parts of human nature. The western society which claims to be at the forefront of civilization has begun to fall. Amid this crisis, the middle class is suffering. People on daily wages may not die from coronavirus, but from poverty. And as Christopher Nolan describes, no industry has been more affected by the lockdown than Hollywood.
Christopher Nolan discusses coronavirus
In an inspirational op-ed, Interstellar director Nolan talked about the coronavirus pandemic and what it meant for the average person. The opinion article was titled “Movie theaters are a vital part of American social life. They will need our help.” He reminded people that movie culture is not just about celebrities and post-credits.
When people think about movies, their minds first go to the stars, the studios, the glamour. But the movie business is about everybody: the people working the concession stands, running the equipment, taking tickets, booking movies, selling advertising and cleaning bathrooms in local theaters. Regular people, many paid hourly wages rather than a salary, earn a living running the most affordable and democratic of our community gathering places.
He criticized how tabloid media portrayed the entertainment industry, just to draw attention. But more importantly, he talked about the employees who would be laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. About 150,000 people hang in the balance as theatres have been shut down, movies and shows postponed. But Christopher Nolan was still optimistic about the industry:
Movie theaters have gone dark and will stay that way for a time. But movies, unlike unsold produce or unearned interest, don’t cease to be of value. Much of this short-term loss is recoverable. When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever. The combination of that pent-up demand and the promise of new movies could boost local economies and contribute billions to our national economy.
Christopher Nolan’s TENET is supposed to be released this July 17. But the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shutdown could postpone its release.
Coronavirus spreads in the US and Europe
As Christopher Nolan said, innumerable movies and series have stopped production. Thousands of theatres have shut down. The shutdown in US and Europe could cost the entertainment sector billions of dollars. But most importantly, it could have a huge cost of life. Coronavirus seems to have an outcome death rate of 13%. The city of New York seems to be the hit the worst, with over 23,000 cases confirmed, nearly the same as the entire country of Germany. In these times of crisis, remember two things: wash your hands and stay at home.