“The intimacy between the two lead characters is such a big part of the book, it is something we really wanted to get right,” he told the Irish Mirror.
“Because it is such a wonderful part of the book and one of the reasons we were so keen to make it.
“In the point of view of the actors and the crew we needed a way of making sure that it is done in a way that is positive for everybody.
“We thought about it and we were guided by Sally’s writing in what we wanted to achieve and then we worked with Ita O’Brien who is this wonderful intimacy coordinator - she worked on Netflix’s Sex Education.
“She has developed a wonderful way of talking about and walking towards scenes which in the past which would have been awkward, difficult and borderline scary for people on both sides of the camera.
“Her way of working is making sure that everyone has a language in which to talk about it, like it is direct and simple.
“She turns these scenes into something that maybe a choreographer wouldn’t do.
“It gives everybody from filmmakers to actors a way of talking about a sex scene and creates a consent and active participation in the creative process.
“And it worked really well”.
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