In the last week of January, China was the first country in the world to shut down its film industry after the coronavirus was shown to be capable of human-to-human transmission. The entire city of Wuhan was isolated.
Since then, film and TV production in China has resumed. But cinemas have remained resolutely closed, meaning that exhibitors and distributors have had no income in over four months. Producers have had their costs increased by disruption, and some have made the difficult decision to sell their content directly to streaming platforms.
Hong Kong and Taiwan offer different case studies, again. Despite bordering Mainland China, and recording early infections, both territories have been world leaders in disease control: Taiwan recorded just 441 cases and seven deaths; Hong Kong tallied 1,050 cases, and four deaths. But film