The coronavirus pandemic has seen a variety of new shows shot under lockdown conditions, including ITV’s Isolation Stories and BBC One’s Staged – and now Netflix is getting in on the trend.
The streaming service has propelled Homemade, another assortment of short movies made in isolation by commended producers around the globe.
The short stories come as an intimate diary, a journal of indoor activities, experiencing isolation together with film-makers, including some fiction over different genres.
Chilean director Pablo Larrain (Jackie), alongside his brother Juan de Dios Larrain and the CEO of the newly founded company The Apartment Pictures, Lorenzo Mieli are the creators of this project.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar are the only filmmakers from the Middle East to take part in the project, in addition to names such as Kristen Stewart from Los Angeles, Ladj Ly from Montfermeil and Gurinder Chadha from London, among others.
Nadine and Khaled’s short movie is considered to be very personal, telling the story of how their two children Walid and Mayroun lived during lockdown, their perception and own point of view on the unique situation.
Other recognizable names on the list include Bend It Like Beckham and Blinded by the Light director Gurinder Chadha and Hell or High Water and Outlaw King filmmaker David McKenzie.
Homemade can be understood more like a way of challenging directors to explore creativity under the epidemic conditions, an ode to the craft of filmmaking.
A donation in honor of each filmmaker will be made from Netflix’s Hardship Fund to support third parties and non-profits to provide emergency relief to the out-of-work crew and cast across the broader TV and film industry.
Homemade is available on Netflix worldwide.
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