New Release: Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl DVD

Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl movie scene

Evocative images abound in A Film for Chernobyl

Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl arrived on DVD on March 29, 2011, from Microcinema. The movie, by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsy, uses Mario Petrucci’s award-winning poem Heavy Water to tell the story of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and its catastrophic aftermath.

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the film’s narrative is seen on the aural backdrop of Petrucci’s book-length poem. Grabsky and Bickerstaff traveled to Ukraine and into the exclusion zone to film the deserted town of Pripyat and the interior of the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Petrucci’s poem is cut together with revealing archive and Grabsky and Bickerstaff’s captured footage.

A Film for Chernobyl emphasizes the effect of the disaster on the people of Chernobyl rather than relating solely the technical details of what is regarded as the world’s biggest ever industrial accident.

Petrucci’s poetry is read by actors Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham), Francine Brody, David Threlfall (TV’s Shameless) and Samuel West.

No bonus features are on the DVD of the 52-minute documentary, which carries a list price of $29.99.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.