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Barbican to release immersive filmed version of HBO’s Chernobyl score

Hildur Guðnadóttir’s concert film Chernobyl Live is available to watch via the Barbican’s On Demand channel.

The Academy Award winning Icelandic composer performed the score, which was filmed, at the multi-arts festival Ephemera in Warsaw in September 2020.

The film, directed by Zoe Kahlert, features an immersive and experimental live presentation of Guðnadóttir’s ground-breaking score to critically acclaimed HBO TV historical drama series Chernobyl. The smash-hit limited series revolved around the 1986 disastrous nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant and the clean-up efforts that followed.

The concert featured Hildur on vocals alongside British sound artists Sam Slater and Chris Watson. The performance, which took place in front of a limited live audience in the industrial setting of Mińska 65, a former printworks, also incorporated field recordings from Chernobyl’s sister power plant Ignalina in Lithuania.

Immersive lighting was created by Theresa Baumgartner, and sound spatialisation by Francesco Donadello.

Guðnadóttir’s body of work includes the score for Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and an Academy Award.

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Chernobyl Live  is available to watch from 4 December 2020 – 11 December 2020 Barbican On Demand.


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