The First Wave + Q&A with covid:aid

Dir: Matthew Heineman
United States / 2021 / 94mins

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With exclusive access to one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award–winning director Matthew Heineman spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicentre of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered.

The “first wave” of COVID-19 ravaged New York from March through June 2020. With Heineman’s signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, The First Wave documents those harrowing first four months, embedding with a group of doctors, nurses, and patients on the frontlines as they all navigated the crisis.

Their distinct storylines each serve as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, and are a testament to the strength of the human spirit.


The screening on December 3rd will be followed by a Q&A with covid:aid trustee, campaigner, screenwriter and producer Dominic Minghella, and hosted by covid:aid founder and CEO, Michael MacLennan. Dominic was a hospitalised Covid-19 patient during the first wave and together with Michael they will discuss his experiences and the crucial support covid:aid provides. 

More about covid:aid
covid:aid is the UK’s national charity dedicated to supporting those significantly affected by Covid-19. They are here for people throughout the pandemic and beyond, providing a vital range of support, advice, and information. As a charity they are a fully inclusive space to service the needs of all who have suffered – whoever they are, wherever they live, and whatever their circumstance. Find out more at: 

About Dominic Minghella
Dominic is a screenwriter, producer and campaigner, as well as a Trustee for covid:aid. He has authored and produced numerous filmed dramas, including creating the smash-hit ITV series, Doc Martin. He is a partner at story-based consultants Lucas/Minghella and has advised and supported key individuals, organisations and charities in the UK and internationally on strategy and communications, as well as making numerous campaign films. He was among the very first wave of Covid-19 patients in the UK to be hospitalised, and has written influential articles on that experience including for Deadline.

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