"Six and a half minutes is a very long time to be walking and talking without any cutting.
... The take that you have seen is the very last take we did at 8pm on the last day of the shoot. Take 40. The tension as we watched Robert do this take was unbelievable. It was such a good take at every stage and so the longer it went on without any fluffs the greater the pressure grew for nothing to go wrong. When he got to the end and I got to call cut there was this huge roar and applause from the crew and agency and I knew we had it."
... It was shot near Loch Doyne in Scotland.
... We also had one of the best operators in the world - George Richmond. He was sat on the back of a rickshaw being pulled up and down this rocky hill by two grips. At one point they hit such a large bump the whole thing came tumbling over and we were paranoid we'd damaged the camera. Fortunately all was fine. Everyone dusted themselves off and got on with it. The crew were brilliant."
“Every director we spoke to told us that it wasn’t possible to do what we wanted. That we would need concealed cuts and so on. Which would still have made a good film, but it’s the undertaking, the commitment, of doing it all in one take that makes it. Jamie Rafn was the only director who felt the same. Getting Robert Carlyle to do it then just took it up a gear. He has exactly the screen persona that we wanted. Tough, uncompromising, enigmatic.”
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