Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl

Marked as the worst human-made catastrophe in history, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown on 26th April 1986 is re-created through Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl.

Spliced together using a mix of original footage and re-enactments with actors, the documentary drama examines the 60 critical minutes leading up to the explosion.

The explosion at Chernobyl was ten times worse than that of the nuclear bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The reason: a combination of human error and imperfect technology.

Using a real-time split-screen format, each minute in the documentary unfolds the Chernobyl disaster. And each segment has a narrative of the events from the perspectives of key characters involved.

This includes Chernobyl’s deputy chief engineer and his staff in the control room as well as innocent bystanders, the wife of one of Chernobyl’s workers and two fishermen working in Chernobyl’s warm waste waters.

With an extraordinary combination of drama and state of the art CGI graphics, Disaster at Chernobyl climaxes with the reconstruction of the final seconds leading to the disaster, the explosion itself and its terrifying aftermath.

Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl
  • Info
  • Release date2004
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Renny Bartlett
  • Part of the seriesZero Hour
  • Production companyCineflix Productions