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
The Company of Wolves doesn't belong in any category, so it's difficult to prepare an audience for it. It's not a horror film, it's not a fantasy film, it's not a children's film - so what is it?More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 03:08:07]
For example, the character of Claire in In Dreams wasn't imagined enough by me. Annette Bening is a great actress, and she gave a great performance, but because I hadn't fully written it essentially the character wasn't finished.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had made a decision, although I hardly knew it yet. It's often that way with decisions, they're made in some hidden part of us and the awareness secretes itself slowly into that conscious part of us that imagines it decides.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you've written a movie, you then get together with a whole lot of people and make it. In many ways, I think it is far nicer to be with people rather than being completely solitary.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 03:08:08]
Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 03:08:49]

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