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Watch the interview of Sean Bean with Jonathan Ross

Director's Blog by Hadi Hajaig

Where: ITV London Studios
When: Wednesday 22 February 2012 (to be aired Saturday 25 February 2012, ITV1 @ 9:20pm)
Why: To watch Sean Bean promote The UK Film Studio PLC feature film "Cleanskin"

So here I am backstage with my two Assistant Producers Dan Driscoll and Adam Frangou, along with my Co-Producer David Sumnall, about to be in the audience of The Jonathan Ross Show! Why am I here you ask? To watch the mighty Sean Bean increase the awareness of "Cleanskin" prior to the cinema release of 09 March 2012!

It feels so surreal being here. I watch the show regularly on Saturday nights on ITV1, and to be here in the audience listening to the floor manager shouting orders at me for a change ("clap here, yell there, stand up when prompted" etc.) is great fun!

And so, the show's theme music begins and out walks Jonathan Ross (or "Wossy" as he's known). He does his small intro talk, discusses funny events of the past week and then makes his move to his legendary interview chair, before introducing his first guests. I'm eagerly awaiting the entrance of Sean, but first we have to sit through an enjoyable interview with boy band JLS. We hear that Marvin (or so Adam tells me that's his name) has recently got engaged, one of the other lads is still very much a ladies man, and they've all agreed to commit to the Sports Relief cause - well done lads.

The next guest is British boxer Amir Khan. His presence is as commanding on the sofa as it is in the boxing ring. He talks about his recent loss, albeit an unfair and controversial one. He is very outgoing, witty and down to earth. But I'm getting too excited now; I'm waiting patiently for our man Sean to come on...

...and here he is! Dressed very dapper indeed, Sean looks like he owns the floor. He opens up and after talking about a few other things, the topic of "Cleanskin" comes up. Both Sean and Wossy discuss the meaning of the title, before quickly mentioning the release date of 09 March 2012 just as a clip of the film appears on 3 big screens and at least 10 other smaller monitors for the audience to see.

This feels so weird! I can't believe a clip of "Cleanskin" has just been shown on The Jonathan Ross Show which averages 3 million UK viewers every Saturday night, as well as being aired in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, plus the countless hits the show will receive online! The audience then applaud and Wossy moves on to other projects that Sean is involved in.

With the show finishing with Rizzle Kicks playing their new song "Mama do the Hump", Dan, Adam, David and myself head back to mingle and celebrate such an unbelievable opportunity to increase the awareness of "Cleanskin".

So be sure to watch the show on Saturday 25 February 2012 on ITV1 @ 9:20pm. Tell your friends, family and work colleagues not to miss it too! And here's a great pic of Sean relaxing backstage with Rizzle Kicks, Amir Khan and JLS:

Sales updates from Screen Daily on 13 February 2012 article from 02 May 2011 article from 19 March 2011 article from 22 February 2011

den of geek article about Cleanskin article from 21 February 2011 article from 21 January 2011

ITN Showbiz News piece, aired in August 2010

Extract from August 2010 Edition with Hadi Hajaig (writer/director/producer)

Sarah Cooper (Reporter): How did "Cleanskin" come about?
Hadi Hajaig (Director): I wrote it about 2 years ago. Look at what's happening all around, all writers are influenced by what is happening around them and it's a very current topic. It rings home with what's happened in London and all over the world. Other films have covered it but I don't think they've covered it in the way I've done it. It's very action packed but also intelligent. When I was writing it, I was reading all these John Le Carre books and I did lots of research on why people are turned to terrorism. Most of the incidents that happen in the film are inspired by certain events, taken into cinematic heights. I've also expanded on situations that almost occurred.

Reporter: The film is entirely shot on location in London. How have you found the experience?
Hajaig: We haven't had any issues at all. This hotel [Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, where Hajaig is currently filming a wedding scene], is next to MI5 and opposite the Houses of Parliament, but they allowed us to stop traffic and do a huge explosion out the front! We also blew up a restaurant in Exmouth Market, which was great! I know what people say about London, but we haven't had any issues. It's been quite nice and I'd like to shoot more.

Reporter: Is it a typical 'British' film?
Hajaig: When I wrote it, I had in mind Lawrence Kasdan, who, when he wrote "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", never wrote a scene which was more than 2 pages, and every page and a half there was a cliff hanger. That was what George Lucas instructed him to do. Although there isn't a cliff hanger here every page and a half, I have tried to keep things very tight and very fast moving, so it's not your standard British film. In many ways it is British, but it isn't in its general approach. It's quite cinematic. What I hope I have made is a very commercial film, which doesn't stop moving. But we are not talking "Die Hard" here. I didn't have the budget to make "Die Hard"!

Reporter: So what are the biggest influences on this film?
Hajaig: A Mickey Rourke film from the 1980s, "Year Of The Dragon", or "Seven". It has that kind of atmosphere to it. It is also very influenced by films of the 1970s. If you look at films of that time, there were influenced by the Vietnam war, and loads of conspiracy films were made. Now we are living in a time which is very similar - there is a war on and there are conspiracy theories all round the planet. You have these characters in government and terrorism, it is not hard to make a story out of it. Although it is set in the modern day, we have gone for a real 1970s look with the clothes. It has that feeling of the 1970s. The paranoia and the feeling that not everything is what it seems. My favourite film is "Taxi Driver", it's got a lot of that influence. The characters in the film, who go on do these horrific acts, are quite similar to the character in "Taxi Driver", but with a religious twist.

Reporter: This is the second feature you have funded using the EIS taxbreak system, following "Puritan" in 2005. Is it a viable alternative to the traditional funding models?
Hajaig: It is very viable if you are willing to put the work in. The good thing is, you don't have to go and get quotas and filling out forms which might please lots of people in offices, but don't necessarily please audiences. I wasted a few years with some of those traditional sources. Maybe I'm not good enough for that kind of approach, maybe I don't fit into things because I'm too independent. I'd love to get funding from those bodies, like the UK Film Council. I think the films they have made have been fantastic and they have helped a lot of young film-makers. I think they are essential, but I'm not going to wait for someone to go and get me money, I want to do it myself. If you can work within that system, then great. I'm sure I could in the future, but right now I just decided that I wanted to make this film independently.

Reporter: How do you manage to combine writing, directing and producing?
Hajaig: The writing is solitary, the producing is solitary and the directing is collaborative. When I actually start filming, my Line Producer takes over. I set things in place, my Line Producer does the rest. I am not thinking about where the caterers are or where the cars are parked. For me, I have to be a writer/director/producer. It never seemed to work for me, waiting for a producer, who is working on 20 scripts, to call me. And I always end up working harder than the producer. It isn't an ego trip, it just works for me.

Reporter: What's next?
Hajaig: I've already written something else, a big, funny romantic comedy. Lots of action, set in the present day, but with an 1980s soundtrack. It's about an odd couple who meet, go on a mad road trip in England, meet mad, weird and wonderful characters and end up falling in love.

Extract from Saga Magazine May 2010 Edition

Charlotte Rampling: "There are so many twists and turns in a wonderful script, the audience will be kept guessing."

Extract from Daily Express 01 March 2010

Sean Bean: "It's the best script I've read for years. It's so tense and full of surprises and I said 'yes' immediately."