Ebola was not an exception, Ebola is a precedent…
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The inside story of how and why the worst Ebola outbreak in history wasn't stopped before it was too late.

Outbreak tells the vivid, inside, human story of how and why the Ebola outbreak wasn't stopped before it was too late, drawing on unprecedented research into the early spread of the virus, along with revelatory and candid admissions of failure from key government and public health officials, some of whom speak publicly for the first time.  

The film interweaves the harrowing personal stories of the West Africans battling the virus with interviews with key global decision makers and health officials — including the President of Liberia, the Director of the CDC, and multiple top WHO officials — to shed new light on what went wrong.

Directed, Produced and Filmed by Dan Edge

Produced by Sasha Achilli

Edited by Tim Lovell

Music by Jonny Pilcher

Production Managed by Philippa Lacey

Executive Producer for Quicksilver: Eamonn Matthews


Deputy Executive Producer for FRONTLINE: Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer for FRONTLINE: David Fanning


2015, Mongoose Pictures and Quicksilver Media for FRONTLINE PBS and BBC2


Crafted like a cinematic thriller
— Variety


Winner BAFTA award for best current affairs documentary

Winner Grierson award for best current affairs documentary

Winner Emmy award for outstanding coverage of a current news story

Winner Columbia duPont Award

Winner One World Media Award for best television documentary

Winner Scripps Howard Award for best documentary

Nominated Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography

Nominated Emmy for Outstanding Writing

Nominated Emmy for Outstanding Research

Nominated RTS Award for current affairs

Nominated RTS Craft Award for Best Director

Nominated Foreign Press Association Award for Best Documentary


Outbreak isn’t easy to watch. It is, on the other hand, a work whose exposé of the causal factors...is so graphically clear it becomes impossible to look away....
— The Wall Street Journal