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Steven Soderbergh returns to film-making with Logan Lucky

Director Steven Soderbergh on his heist movie Logan Lucky, the challenge of adapting the Cormoran Strike novels, plus a new poetic form - the 'golden shovel'.

We speak to director Steven Soderbergh about his new American heist comedy Logan Lucky. The film's setting is South Carolina, worlds away from the Glitzy casino glamour of Oceans 11. So why return to film-making with another heist movie? And has his stint directing TV drama taught him much?

The Golden Shovel is an anthology of new poems written in honour of Gwendolyn Brooks. She was born 100 years ago and became the first African-American to win the Pultizer Prize. But a Golden Shovel is also new verse form which all the poems in this anthology use. The poets Peter Kahn and Indigo Williams explain, and we hear the poet Gwendolyn Brooks herself. We also ask poet Kat Francois to compose her own Golden Shovel poem live on air.

Ben Richards has written the first of three television adaptations of JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike novels, which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The pair met frequently during scripting and casting of The Cuckoo's Calling. So how does it feel to be adapting the work of a novelist with such an extraordinary following?

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30 minutes


  • Steven Soderbergh

    Duration: 09:53

  • Gwendolyn Brooks

    Duration: 07:35

  • Ben Richards

    Duration: 09:37

Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky
Adam Driver and Daniel Craig in Logan Lucky

Main and left photo credit: Studio Canal

Logan Lucky is on general release from Fri 25 Aug, cert 12A

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks
Gwendolyn Brooks

The Golden Shovel Anthology - New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks -
Edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith
is available now

Strike - Cuckoo's Calling

Strike - Cuckoo's Calling

Tom BurkeĀ 
Photo credit: Bronte Film & TV Ltd

Strike - Cuckoo's Calling is on BBC One at 9 pm on Sun 27 AugĀ 


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Steven Soderbergh
Interviewed Guest Peter Kahn
Interviewed Guest Indigo Williams
Interviewed Guest Gwendolyn Brooks
Interviewed Guest Ben Richards
Presenter Andrea Catherwood
Producer Helen Fitzhenry




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