London: Pop diva Madonna says she took help from ex-husband Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn on her forthcoming film, 'WE'.
   
The 53-year-old singer wrote and directed the historical biopic about the love affair between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and she says she often asked 'Sherlock Holmes' director Ritchie and Penn, who has directed five films, for their help on her second directorial effort.
   
"I talked to Sean about making the film, and he's always been supportive of me. I gave the screenplay to Guy and shared the concepts and the stories and the ideas with him because he was interested in it from a historical point of view," said Madonna.
   
"They never really gave me specific advice about telling the story, but Guy would give me technical advice about cameras or using digital versus film or one cinematographer being better than another, just technical things," she added.
   
Madonna, who made her directorial debut with 2008's 'Filth And Wisdom', also said that she feels the urge to live up to expectations.
   
"I'm not sure what expectations people have of me as a director, but I think they are more critical of me because I've been successful in other areas of my life, and I feel the pressure," she said.

(Agencies)