Films 'based on a true story'

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2010 saw a large number of films that were based on real events, individuals or true stories, including Eat Pray Love, Made in Dagenham, The Social Network and Mr Nice. Early 2011 sees the release of Danny Boyle's 127 Hours about the mountaineer Aron Ralston who cut off his own arm after being trapped in a canyon by a boulder, and Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, about a woman who dedicated her life to overturning her brother's real-life conviction for murder.

Kirsty Lang talks to film-makers Peter Weir and Danny Boyle; actress Hilary Swank; screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network, about the origins of Facebook; Peter Morgan, whose writing credits include The Queen; Ronan Bennett, co-writer of The Hamburg Cell; and producers Alison Owen and Jeff Pope about the boom in films based on true stories.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Tue 28 Dec 2010 19:15

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