Sunday Long Reads: A history of Guantanamo Bay, Donald Trump's strategy, and remembering Atlanta 1996

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

This week, Donald Trump once again shook up his campaign, a move which changed the minds driving his bid for the White House and forced out Paul Manafort. 

Who are the new strategists in charge of Trump's attempt at taking the White House, and can they help his flailing campaign? 

Elsewhere, there have also been two very interesting movie releases for different reasons this week, with the return of David Brent and a film based on a YouTube short, 'Lights Out.'

After the movie's success at the box office, it joins the ranks of successful movies that started life as a short. Ricky Gervais' latest offering also raises questions over the role of film critics, and how they should deal with a franchise that already has legions of fans.

With intensifying efforts from Obama to close Guantanamo Bay, we look back at the history of the facility, while there's also a piece about security guard who discovered a bomb at the Olympics in 1996, and ended up being the focus of the media's suspicions.

Meet the two new strategists heading up Donald Trump's campaign

Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign team for the second time in two months in a bid to boost poor polling figures.

The Republican presidential candidate appointed Steve Bannon, the head of the conservative Breitbart News website, as campaign CEO.

Kellyanne Conway, an experienced GOP pollster, was promoted to the position of campaign manager, with Paul Manafort eventually resigning as a result. So who are these new figures?

Big things have small beginnings: Hollywood blockbusters based on short movies

This week sees the release of new horror movie Lights Out, and the $5 million production has already been a box-office success ($100 million worldwide and counting), while raking in some very positive reviews - though not everywhere. Plus the director has been given the Annabelle 2 gig off the back of it.

All of that based on a very effective three-minute scary short. This is not, however, the first time that Hollywood has sat up and taken notice of a hot new director based on their attention-grabbing short films, and there have been a myriad of commercial and critical successes off the back of them.

A history of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre

With only months left in office, Barack Obama has significantly intensified his efforts to close the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

The 15 latest transfers to the United Arab Emirates - the biggest transfer from the facility under President Obama - brings the remaining population down to 61.

Over the last decade and a half, the ‘Gitmo’ camp has been one of the most controversial symbols of the US’ so-called ‘war on terror’ - and a source of almost constant criticism from within the States as well as from the international community.

Atlanta 1996: When a life-saver had his life ruined in a trial by media

Jumping to conclusions is an unfortunate human trait that occasionally leads down disastrous roads.

Unfortunately, in 1996 that particular trait had a hugely adverse effect on the life of a security guard during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. It's a murky story, brilliantly retold in the excellent ESPN 30 for 30 short Judging Jewell.

That summer, the world's largest multi-sport extravaganza was taking place in the Peach State - and to paraphrase a song made famous by Ray Charles - Georgia was on everyone's mind.

How "David Brent: Life On The Road" proves the necessity and futility of film criticism

"Which did you prefer, The US Office or The UK Office?"

It's a fair question, the answer to which will decide whether or not you'll enjoy David Brent: Life On The Road.

Fans of the show will go and see the movie no matter what the critics say, whereas non-fans might have looked at the reviews and may have been convinced to go if they had revealed Life On The Road to be one of the best comedies of the year. This, of course, isn't the case: the Rotten Tomatoes score is 64% and Metacritic is at 55%, all very middle of the road. Those are almost a testament to how critics have been playing it safe; more or less saying if you likeThe Office, you'll like this. If you don't, then you wont.