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Friday 29 August 2014

Vampire film swells Jordan's coffers

Published 04/10/2013 | 05:00

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Neil Jordan and his wife Brenda are directors of his firm Sunwind Enterprises

A BLOCKBUSTER film following the many lives of a mother and daughter vampire duo contributed to profits more than doubling at director Neil Jordan's firm.

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Jordan's 'Byzantium' – made last year and released in May of this year – stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.

Now, new figures lodged with the Companies Office show that accumulated profits at Jordan's Sunwind Enterprises increased 106pc to €1.9m last year.

The figures show that the firm's cash during the year almost doubled to €2.4m.

Jordan's coffers were also boosted by his overseeing of the historical drama, 'The Borgias', about the 16th-Century Italian dynasty.

The director shot three series of the drama starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons.

However, last June, US cable network Showtime cancelled the series – a season short of what Sligo native Jordan had planned.

A note attached to the accounts states that Sunwind's turnover is derived from the directing and production of films for TV and cinema.

The filings show that the firm's largest creditors are its two directors, Neil and Brenda Jordan, who are owed €476,605. Its shareholder funds totalled €1.879m.

Gordon Deegan

Irish Independent

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