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Life mimics art for plague drama in coronavirus-hit Italy


A British film crew shooting a drama about a plague outbreak in Italy has been caught up in the very real panic over coronavirus in the region.

The 18-strong team is filming at the UNESCO-ranked Godi Malinverni villa in Veneto, a region where there are now 58 cases of the virus.

“Its all a bit crazy that this is all happening while were telling a story about a very similar thing,” said writer-director Nicholas Hulbert, 26, who is making an independent short film loosely based on Giovanni Boccaccios 14th century classic The Decameron.

In that book a group of Florentines escape to a countryside villa to wait out an epidemic of bubonic plague by telling each other stories. In Hulberts film The Heptameron, also set during the Black Death, a young woman attends a dinner party and ends up spreading the disease to the other guests.

Actor Rachel Browne on the set of The Heptameron in Lugo di Vicenza, Italy | Blazej Mikula

In Italy the spread of Coronavirus, spreading out from the north-eastern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, has claimed 11 lives, and led to the quarantining of around 50,000 people.

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