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Oliver Hirschbiegel, Mike Nicol, Song of the Sea, Camelot

July 9th, 2015

Episode 949 of 1302 episodes

Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of the Oscar nominated film Downfall - about Hitler's final days - on returning to the Third Reich for 13 Minutes, a new film about the failed assassin Georg Elser, who almost blew up the Fuhrer in 1939. Song of the Sea is an Irish film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The traditionally animated film is inspired by Irish folk tales and stories of mythical sea creatures, the Selkies. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews. Author Mike Nicol on his latest novel Power Play, a tale of gang warfare on the Cape Flats of South Africa, with a plot based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Camelot: The Shining City is a retelling of the Arthurian legend in which a future divided England is united by new leader. Director Alan Lane and writer James Phillips discuss their play which begins in Sheffield's Crucible theatre and then spills out onto the streets of the steel city.