Chernobyl film from Germany, Russia and Ukraine
It's been a long time since the Chernobyl disaster, when a nuclear power station suffered an explosion in one of the plant's reactors and resulted in a radioactive cloud sailing across Europe and even falling over Scotland. A complete disaster was averted, or perhaps some would say delayed, when the reactor was covered and encased in concrete, but for much of the surrounding area and the people there it was already too late.
Now there's going to be a film about the disaster, although it will concentrate more on an individual story amongst the disaster, where a party official is searching for his girlfriend or wife to try and escape the explosion aftermath and the radioactivity.
Innocent Saturday is going to be produced by German, Russian and Ukraine companies and directed by Alexander Mindadze.
There's not much more on the story at Variety, but I think it's long overdue. Even with this film it doesn't sound as though it's going to concentrate enough on the events at Chernobyl themselves, and we really do need a film that puts the disaster at the centre of the film and shows us what happened, how it was resolved, the effects across Europe, how it may well have just delayed the events, and more importantly the lasting effects on people and nature.
I haven't seen a film that really addresses those issues, and there should be, there really should be. One of our top documentary makers should get onto that subject immediately.