Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi: HBO Made Chornobyl Story Clear to World
The American television channel HBO managed to make the story of the Chernobyl accident universal and understandable around the world, Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi said in an interview with UATV.
According to him, the Chernobyl accident is now a topic on everyone’s lips thanks to this series.
Also, the studio guest commented on the discussion about nominating the writers and creators of the Chernobyl series for the Shevchenko Prize. The series used the Russian spelling of Chernobyl as opposed to the Ukrainian version of Chornobyl as it is still common in the United States.
“It just happened that I am a member of the Shevchenko Prize committee. I acted within my powers when I said that I was going to promote the Chernobyl series because, according to the Shevchenko Committee charter, for a year I had to monitor the cultural situation in the country, find interesting objects and bring them to the committee for consideration,” he said.
When asked why the show was filmed by an American and not a Ukrainian company, Slaboshpitsky replied:
“Such an outstanding series could not be filmed in Ukraine. Why is everyone watching American cinema? Because of the certain universality that can reach every viewer. And no matter what it would be: Chernobyl, or Avengers, or any other movie. HBO has made this story universal and understandable around the world. It is generally important when there is some outside point of view,” he said.
Watch the interview with Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi on the Head to Head program, on August 11, 2019, 9:00 p.m., Kyiv time.