- Neil Jordan
Jordan at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Neil Patrick Jordan
25 February 1950
Occupation Filmmaker/Novelist Years active 1979–present Spouse Brenda Rawn (2004–present) Website http://www.neiljordan.com/
Jordan was born in County Sligo, the son of Angela (née O'Brien), a painter, and Michael Jordan, a professor. He was educated at St. Paul's College, Raheny. Of his religious background, Jordan said in a 1999 Salon interview: "I was brought up a Catholic and was quite religious at one stage in my life, when I was young. But it left me with no scars whatever; it just sort of vanished." He said about his current beliefs that "God is the greatest imaginary being of all time. Along with Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, the invention of God is probably the greatest creation of human thought." Later, Jordan attended University College Dublin, where he studied Irish history and English literature.
When John Boorman was filming Excalibur in Ireland, he recruited Jordan as a script consultant, which led to his doing second unit work. His first feature Angel, a tale of a musician caught up in the Troubles, starred Stephen Rea who has subsequently appeared in almost all of Jordan's films to date.
As a writer/director, Jordan has a highly idiosyncratic body of work, ranging from mainstream hits like Interview with the Vampire to commercial failures like We're No Angels to a variety of more personal, low-budget arthouse pictures.
Unconventional sexual relationships are a recurring theme in Jordan's work, and he often finds a sympathetic side to characters audiences would traditionally consider deviant or downright horrifying. His film The Miracle, for instance, followed two characters who struggled to resist a strong, incestuous attraction, while The Crying Game made complicated, likable characters out of an IRA terrorist and a transgender woman. Interview with the Vampire, like the Anne Rice book it was based on, focused on the intense, intimate interpersonal relationship of two undead men who murder humans nightly (although the pair never have sex, they are clearly lovers of a sort), accompanied by an equally lusty vampire woman who is eternally trapped in the body of a little girl. While Lestat (Tom Cruise) is depicted in an attractive but villainous manner, his partner Louis (Brad Pitt) and the child vampire Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) are meant to capture the audience's sympathy despite their predatory nature.
In addition to the unusual sexuality of Jordan's films, he frequently returns to the Troubles of Northern Ireland. The Crying Game and Breakfast on Pluto both concern a transgender character (played by Jaye Davidson and Cillian Murphy, respectively), both concern the Troubles, and both feature frequent Jordan leading man Stephen Rea. The two films, however, are very different, with Crying Game a realistic thriller/romance and Breakfast on Pluto a much more episodic, stylized, darkly comic biography. Jordan also frequently tells stories about children or young people, such The Miracle and The Butcher Boy. While his pictures are most often grounded in reality, he occasionally directs more fantastic or dreamlike films, such as The Company of Wolves, High Spirits, Interview with the Vampire and In Dreams.
The critical success of Jordan's early pictures led him to Hollywood, where he directed High Spirits and We're No Angels; both were critical and financial disasters. He later returned home to make the more personal The Crying Game, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. Jordan won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film. Its unexpected success led him back to American studio filmmaking, where he directed Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.
Neil Gaiman announced during his The Today Show appearance on 27 January 2009, that Neil Jordan would be directing the film of his Newbery Medal-winning book The Graveyard Book.
Neil Jordan's next feature is entitled Broken Dream and will feature Ben Kingsley and John Hurt  He will also direct an adaptation of the vampire play "Byzantium", starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.
- Angel (1982)
- The Company of Wolves (1984)
- Mona Lisa (1986)
- High Spirits (1988)
- We're No Angels (1989)
- The Miracle (1990)
- The Crying Game (1992)
- Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
- Michael Collins (1996)
- The Butcher Boy (1997)
- The End of the Affair (1999)
- In Dreams (1999)
- The Good Thief (2002)
- Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
- The Brave One (2007)
- Ondine (2009)
- The Borgias (TV Series) (2011)
- Byzantium (2012)
- Night in Tunisia (1976) – Short stories
- The Past (1980)
- The Dream of a Beast (1983)
- Sunrise with Sea Monster (1994)
- Shade (2005)
- Mistaken (2011)
- ^ Neil Jordan Biography (1950–)
- ^ Sragow, Michael (9 December 1999). "Beautiful Dreamer". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/ent/col/srag/1999/12/09/jordan/index.html.
- ^ "Ben Kinglsey & John Hurt for Neil Jordan - John Boorman's 'Broken Dream'". IFTN. http://iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4283808&tpl=archnews&force=1. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- ^ Kemp, Stuart (14 May 2011). "Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton to Star in Vampire Pic 'Byzantium' (Cannes)". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/saoirse-ronan-gemma-arterton-star-188454. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- ^ Famous People of Dalkey'
Films directed by Neil Jordan 1980s 1990s 2000s Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (1981–2000)
Colin Welland (1981) · John Briley (1982) · Horton Foote (1983) · Robert Benton (1984) · William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl Wallace (1985) · Woody Allen (1986) · John Patrick Shanley (1987) · Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) · Tom Schulman (1989) · Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) · Callie Khouri (1991) · Neil Jordan (1992) · Jane Campion (1993) · Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary (1994) · Christopher McQuarrie (1995) · Joel and Ethan Coen (1996) · Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (1997) · Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (1998) · Alan Ball (1999) · Cameron Crowe (2000)
Complete list · (1940–1960) · (1961–1980) · (1981–2000) · (2001–2020) BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (1983–1999)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1983) · Bruce Robinson (1984) · Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) · Kurt Luedtke (1986) · Claude Berri and Gérard Brach (1987) · Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman (1988) · Christopher Hampton (1989) · Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese (1990) · Dick Clement, Roddy Doyle and Ian La Frenais (1991) · Michael Tolkin (1992) · Steven Zaillian (1993) · Paul Attanasio (1994) · John Hodge (1995) · Anthony Minghella (1996) · Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce (1997) · Elaine May (1998) · Neil Jordan (1999)
Complete list · (1983–1999) · (2000–2019)
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