Johan Renck, the Swedish film director and creator of HBO's Chernobyl TV series, visited Kyiv last weekend. The artist also came to Chornobyl exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, where tourist groups are allowed to see the towns of Chornobyl and Prypiat. Ukraine's Culture Ministry reported that on September 22.
Renck's work once again reminded the viewers all over the globe about the horrible events and devastating consequences of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. It was the first time he visited the exclusion zone.
Most of the series was filmed in Lithuania, some parts in Kyiv. According to the director, no part of the show was filmed in the exclusion zone, as Ukrainian law did not allow the work of a cash rebait system at the time; this system would let Ukraine's government refund part of the expenses and pay these funds back to the production crew, as long as certain conditions are lived up to. Respective amendments were made already after the show was complete; the law was passed last September.