The Red Tape Diaries - A Modernized Department of Veterans Affairs

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Technological advances at the Department of Veterans Affairs bring the organization into the 21st month of the 1970s. (7:09)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT THE DIRECTOR OF

MANY GREAT FILMS.

HIS LATEST IS CALLED "TRANCE."

>> STOP RIGHT THERE.

STEP BACK.

REMEMBER DO NOT BE A HERO.

>> PUT IT DOWN.

NO PIECE OF ART IS WORTH A HUMAN

LIFE.

>> ARGH!

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK

DANNY BOYLE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> AND YOU, VERY NICE TO BE

HERE.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: BIG FAN OF YOURS, MY

FRIEND.

THIS FILM, WOW.

IT IS --

>>

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: IT'S -- HOW DID YOU

COME TO FIND THIS BIT OF -- IS

THIS SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN

TOYING WITH A LITTLE BIT, THIS

IDEA OF WHAT REALITY IS?

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE

FASCINATED WITH?

>> I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING

WONDERFUL ABOUT CINEMA THAT

AUTOMATICALLY BLURS THAT

BOUNDARY WE IMAGINE EXISTS

BETWEEN REALITY AND ILLUSION.

IT'S ALWAYS AN ILLUSION.

YOU CRY AND LAST.

THEY ARE JUST ACTORS, YOU KNOW.

YOU KIND OF GET INVOLVED IN THE

STORIES SO YOU -- IT'S THE

TRANCE REALLY.

IT'S A CHANCE TO MAKE A FILM

THAT SAY SERIES OF TRANCES THAT

GO ON AND TAKE YOU DEEPER AND

DEEPER INSIDE THE HUMAN MIND.

>> Jon: HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO

PUT TOGETHER THAT PUZZLE?

IS IT SOMETHING YOU HAVE IN THE

PREPLANNING OR SOMETHING YOU

FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH AS YOU GO

ALONG?

DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE

TWISTS AND TURNS LIE?

>> WHEN YOU DO A MOVIE LIKE THIS

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CHRONOLOGY,

HOW IT REALLY WORKS OUT.

WE MESS WITH TIME, PAST, FUTURE

AND PRESENT.

THEY ARE MIXED UP.

THERE'S ONE TO TELL YOU WHICH IS

WHICH.

YOU NEED A CHRONOLOGY TO KNOW

THERE'S A PATTERN THAT MAKES

SENSE.

WHEN THE ACTORS GET CONFUSED --

AND THEY DID -- THEY COULD LOOK

AT THE MAP ON THE WALL OF WHERE

THEY WERE MEANT TO BE AND THEY

ARE LIKE I'M THERE.

THEY WERE FINE.

>> Jon: THEY NEVER SAID, DANNY

IS THIS SNREEL DID THIS HAPPEN?

AT THE SAME TIME YOU WERE DOING

THE OLYMPICS?

YES?

>> YES, THE OPENING CEREMONY.

WE TOOK A HIATUS.

WE TOOK EIGHT WEEKS OFF FROM THE

OLYMPICS TO MAKE THE FILM.

>> Jon: IN YOUR MIND WHAT TOOK

MORE PLANNING THE OLYMPICS.

YOU HAD ONE NIGHT TO GET IT

DONE?

THIS SAY LIVE EVENT.

WHERE DO YOU FEEL MORE PRESSURE?

THE ONE NIGHT EVENT OR THE

LONGER FORM PIECES THAT STAND?

>> I THOUGHT MOVIE MAKING IS

MUCH MORE DIFFICULT.

IT'S SUCH A HUGE THING THE

OLYMPIC THING.

THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED.

IT'S A LABORIOUS PROCESS, TOOK

SO LONG.

IT TOOK TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

PROVIDED YOU CAN DO THAT YOU

HAVE TO GET USED TO PEOPLE

TALKING IN ACRONYMS.

>> Jon: IS THAT WHAT THEY DO?

>> YOU SPEND MOST OF THE MEETING

TRYING TO WOK OUT WHAT THE

ACRONYM MEANT.

BY THE TIME YOU'VE DONE THAT

IT'S TIME FOR THE NEXT MEETING.

>> Jon: DO THEY INTERFERE WITH

CONTENT?

DO THEY GIVE YOU NOTES LIKE YOU

ARE GOING TO HAVE DO BETTER WITH

THE AZERBAIJAN CONTINGENT?

>> THE SUCCESS WE HAD WITH

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE IS WHAT I

GOT THE JOB.

YOU SAY IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT

I'LL WALK AWAY.

AND YOU SEE THEM AND GO MAYBE

THAT WON'T READ GOOD IN THE

PAPERS TOMORROW IF I'M THE GUY

BLAMED FOR MAKING HIM WALK AWAY.

>> Jon: WAS IT HARD TO FIGURE

OUT THAT WAS WHAT COULD YOU USE?

>> NO, YOU KNEW THAT STRAIGHT

AWAY.

>> Jon: YOU WORKED WITH THE

QUEEN.

YES.

>> YES, WE DID.

>> Jon: YOU CAN'T PULL THAT

(bleep) WITH HER.

I ASSUME SHE'S A CHARMING WOMAN.

>> SHE'S TERRIFIC ACTUALLY.

SHE ANSWERS ANYTHING.

INITIALLY WE THOUGHT THEY WOULD

NEVER ACCEPT THE IDEA.

>> Jon: DANIEL CRAIG JUMPING

OUT OF THE PLANE.

>> WE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE --

WE SAID WE'LL USE A DOUBLE AND

GET HELEN MIRREN AND THEY SAID

NO WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IT AND

HER MAJESTY WOULD LIKE TO PLAY

HERSELF.

THAT WAS A SURREAL MOMENT.

YOU GO, NO I THINK WE'VE BEEN

HACKED BY A NEWSPAPER IN

BRITAIN.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> SHE DID IT AND WE WENT THERE

ON THE DAY AND WE SHOT THE SCENE

IN THE KIND OF GREETING ROOM,

THE PRESENTATIONAL ROOM WHERE

SHE MEETS HEADS OF STATE.

SHE LIVES NEXT DOOR.

SHE ASKED ME TO GO THERE.

IT'S LIKE A REGULAR PLACE

CUSHIONS AND TEA TRAYS AND

NEWSPAPERS EVERY WHERE.

SHE GOT UP AND SAID HELLO.

>> Jon: IS IT A NECESSARY IS

LIKE WHEN YOU WALK IN ARE YOU

LIKE?

[LAUGHTER]

REALLY, YOU DON'T HAVE A JAR FOR

THE HARD CANDY, YOU LEAVE IT ON

THE FLOOR.

>> SHE GOT UP AND SAID, I'VE

BEEN AT THE DENTIST ALL MORNING

SO I'M NOT IN A VERY GOOD MOOD.

WHAT DO YOU WANT KNOW DO.

AND SHE DID IT.

IT WAS FANTASTIC.

I THINK THE REASON SHE DID IT IS

I THINK SHE WANTED A DAY OUT OF

THE DAY JOB.

SHE WANTED TIME OFF LIKE TO MAKE

A MOVIE WITH A MANY OFY STAR

DANIEL CRAIG.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> IT WAS GREAT.

SHE WANTED ALL HER STAFF IN IT.

I LOVED HER FOR.

THE PEOPLE WHO SERVED HER FOR

20, 30 YEARS SHE WANTED THEM TO

HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKE WITHIN

DANIEL CRAIG.

THEY PUT IT ON ROYAL FACEBOOK,

WHATEVER IT IS.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.

WE DON'T GET ACCESS TO THAT.

THEY SEND THE PICTURE AROUND.

IT WAS A DAY OUT, YOU KNOW?

>> Jon: YOU MUST BE EXHAUSTING

TO BE THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND.

WILD STORY.

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN MEMORIES OF

A LIFETIME IF THEY DID IN FACT

OCCUR.

>> YES IT WAS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: YOU HAVE TO SEE

"TRANCE" IT'S IN THEATERS ON

FRIDAY.

DANNY BOYLE, EVERYBODY.

[CHEERS AND

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