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Making Double Cross

matthew_benMaking a film with Ben Macintrye has been one of the greatest pleasures of my career. I love Ben's lightness of touch when tackling what can often be very dark subject matter. The espionage war was a serious game: every spy knew the price they would pay if caught by the enemy - but with his book, 'Double Cross,' Ben found a way to tell the story of the D-Day Spies with both compassion and great humour. The challenge in translating his story to the screen was a question of how to keep the 'seriously funny' tone that is his trademark as an author.

We agonised over the idea of full-blown drama reconstruction for weeks and looked at every possible angle for the film... But in the end the answer came not from any television conventions but from Ben's wonderful talent as a performer. Ben has a unique ability to 'become' his story. Somehow, without any daft play-acting (and maybe just the gentlest directorial touch!) Ben miraculously captured the spirit of all those people who put their lives on the line in 1944. In the film, Ben delivers a story that is both highly entertaining and deeply moving - and I'm sure the D-Day Spies would salute him for that.

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