Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Graham: I'm a hands-on producer

Stephen Graham plays a boxer in Orthodox

Stephen Graham has confessed the power of being a producer on his new film has gone to his head as he has found himself shouting at the crew.

The This Is England star plays a boxer in new film Orthodox, an extended version of a short film he made with David Leon, and the Vera actor's directorial debut which he has been filming on location in Hartlepool.

Stephen revealed: "I do find myself shouting at the crew a lot more! Telling them to hurry up, 'Come on we haven't got time for this!' Just being a bit more hands on I suppose.

"I try not to be annoying, because some producers are very annoying. Most of them are alright, but some of them are annoying."

He added: "It's just because I believed in the script and the project a lot, and I think David is a fantastic director, a very, very talented young man, and it's just a pleasure to work for him. So to be asked to be exec producer was an honour really."

The film, which also stars Michael Smiley and Giacomo Mancini, follows Stephen's character Benjamin, a man persecuted for his commitment to the Orthodox Jewish faith who is pushed towards the fringe of the religious community.

Taking up boxing as a means of self defence, he quickly finds himself out of his depth in a criminal underworld.

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