Robin Richards, composer for the Dutch Uncles, and Clara Casian, a romanian filmmaker, have collaborated together to create a forty minute feature film, ‘Bird Song, Stories of Pripyat.’ It will be accompanied by a modern experimental score performed live with a chamber ensemble at a series of screenings across the North West of England and Ukraine later this year.
The film follows the story of an amusement park which was due to open in the city of Pripyat on 1st May 1986. However as a result of the Chernobyl disaster on the 26th April 1986 the park was prevented from opening. Instead of evacuating the operators rushed the opening so locals could enjoy the park for a few hours before the city was evacuated. Through Richards contemporary classical composition with Clara Casians film, they explore a historic event through story telling, narrative and archival footage.
The film is due to premiere on the 30th September at HOME Artist Film Weekender, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the disaster.