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Mark Wright and Alec Moore, producers of the film ‘Behind The Sword in The Stone (The Making of Excalibur)’, with Terry English, who worked as armourer on the original film.

Mark Wright and Alec Moore, producers of the film ‘Behind The Sword in The Stone (The Making of Excalibur)’, with Terry English, who worked as armourer on the original film.

Mark Wright and Alec Moore, producers of the film ‘Behind The Sword in The Stone (The Making of Excalibur)’, with Terry English, who worked as armourer on the original film.

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A retrospective documentary on the making of Director John Boorman's 1981 movie 'Excalibur' was screened at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray recently.

A retrospective documentary on the making of Director John Boorman's 1981 movie 'Excalibur' was screened at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray recently.

The documentary 'Behind the Sword in the Stone', which features interviews with the original cast more than 30 years on, retraces the steps it took to make the fantasy epic, which went on to win a number of awards and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Filmmakers Mark Wright and Alec Moore of Mossy Hare Productions spent the last two years interviewing members of the cast, over three decades after the release of the film, to get an insight as to what the movie meant to them and their career and their memories of working with John Boorman, who turned 80 this year.

It was filmed in Bray, London, Wales, Cornwall and the USA.

John Boorman directed the feature on location in Co Wicklow, using Ardmore Studios as well as the surrounding land, and locations in Kerry and Tipperary.

Every principal actor who was approached to participate agreed to be filmed.

These included, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart.

The pair also travelled to Cornwall and interviewed Nigel Terry who played King Arthur and in London met with Cherie Lunghi, Clive Swift and Charley Boorman.

'The film is an example of what can be achieved by independent film companies in this country, without state funding, especially in these difficult times,' said Mark.

The film will be released for sale early this year and there are plans for a screening in New York and LA.


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