Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a '60 Minutes' episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I've been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.
It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can't imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.
During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a 'Stalker'. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.
Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored...
A documentary portrait of octogenarian queen of Cornish punk Viva Hamnell, or, how to be a rebel at 82.
A heart-warming portrait of rebellion, spirit and joie-de-vivre. Britain’s oldest punk, great-grandmother Viva Hamnell reflects on her life in Cornwall’s first punk band, her love of Vivienne Westwood-inspired style and her trial for drug possession.
In this life-affirming short documentary by award winning director Amanda Bluglass, ‘Viva’ demonstrates that even at the age of 82 it is still possible to look fabulous, laugh loud and live well.