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 End of the Affair is almost like a play.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 03:08:20]
The most difficult thing is the organization of people and the expression of your intentions. It's very easy to have a picture in your head and to imagine that you've told everybody about what you need.More Neil Jordan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I took two years away from making films to write a novel.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 02:08:48]
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]
For me now, it's about what you would write and what you wouldn't write, and that's how I select what I am going to do. It can be quite nice being brought a concept by a studio for me to work on.More Neil Jordan quotes [08/10/2011 02:08:05]

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