Division of Infection and Immunity


How realistic are pandemic films?

16 April 2020

Professor Deenan Pillay and Dr Jennifer Rohn discuss fictional pandemics in various films and discuss whether they’re realistic with relation to COVID-19.

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The article published in VICE explores how close we are to the dystopias depicted in pandemic films.

Division researcher and UCL Pro-Vice-Provost International, Professor Deenan Pillay, and Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Division of Medicine) provide a fact check on three pandemic films - 'Outbreak', 'Contagion' and '28 Days Later'.



Secret Cinema presents 28 Days Later. Credit: Mike Massaro via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)