in about 100 words or less
UK 322m, Colour
Director: Johan Renck; Cast: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagaitis, Con O’Neill, Adrian Rawlins, Sam Troughton, Robert Emms, Emily Watson, David Dencik, Mark Lewis Jones, Alan Williams, Alex Ferns, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan, Fares Fares, Michael McElhatton
Chernobyl is a sobering five-part made-for-television miniseries about the events leading up to and the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Although this is a dramatisation, it does well to retrace key events and highlight the underlying reasons for the explosion and the resulting open-air reactor core fire. With the success of the miniseries, interest in visiting the impacted region has dramatically increased and has led to a recent pledge by the president of the Ukraine to transform the “exclusion zone” into “one of the growth points of a new Ukraine” (Klaus Ming July 2019).