Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan

Oscar-winning director of 'The Crying Game' (1992)
Irish director who has made a variety of international movies in between return visits to his native country to direct films that often have a fantasy slant and are constantly of a controversial and confrontational nature. A musician in his younger days, Jordan played guitar and saxophone in a band that travelled all over Ireland, although less to the north after members of one band were shot and killed there by Protestant extremists. Turning to writing short stories, then novels, Jordan became involved with the film industry in his early thirties after working as script consultant on John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). Jordan made a documentary about his experiences and decided he would like to write and direct for the medium. His first, Angel (1982), the first of six Jordan films to star the lugubrious Irish actor Stephen Rea, was a contemporary black thriller that reflected Jordan's own musical past, in that its hero (Rea) was a saxophonist who becomes involved in avenging the murders of two friends. A formidable debut, it was like a slice of Raymond Chandler within a particularly desperate and abrasive Irish context. Rea was also in The Company of Wolves (1984), a bold fantasy horror tale that crosses werewolf films with Red Riding Hood. Jordan was uncommonly successful here in creating a fairy-tale horror environment. Later came Mona Lisa (1986), a crime yarn in which the director turns London's underbelly into a garish and nightmarish hell on earth. Jordan was unable to repeat the impact of these films in subsequent years, until the unexpected success of The Crying Game (1992), an IRA drama with an ingenious sex twist to its central story.Rea was again involved in this, as he has been in all Jordan's most recent films. Interview with the Vampire (1994) was a largely disappointing version of Anne Rice's novel, albeit with some striking moments, and the director has since returned to his roots, with Michael Collins (1996) , which was again about the IRA, and The Butcher (1997) which wasn't. The latter again combines Jordan's worlds of fantasy in a striking and fast-moving account of a tearaway Irish boy's descent from mischief into mayhem and murder. Later came The End of the Affair (1999),an old fashioned cinema weepie about adulterous liaisons based on the Graham Greene novel.Source: britmovie.co.uk
I don't think we have enough imaginary creatures in cinema. It seems like we're stuck with zombies, vampires, and werewolves. We should have everything. We should have minotaurs. We should have elves. We should have mermen in popular culture. But instead we've stuck with vampires.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Initially with The Butcher Boy, there was this kid growing up in this strange, weird environment that I remember from when I was a kid. And Patrick's vision was so complete there.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Company of Wolves is about how society teaches young women to look at themselves, and what to be afraid of. It's about a girl learning that the world of sensuality and the unknown is not to be feared, that it's worth getting your teeth into.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's hard to know whether certain characters come to life or not, they either come to have their own life or they don't. I've written many things in which the characters just remain inert.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 03:08:11]
I hoped that grief was similar to the other emotions. That it would end, the way happiness did. Or laughter.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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