Monday 25 September 2017

Jordan: it's hard to get finance for my films

Film director Neil Jordan
Film director Neil Jordan

Eimear Rabbitte

OSCAR-winning director Neil Jordan has said it is now a greater struggle to finance independent films in Ireland.

The man behind iconic Irish films such as 'The Crying Game' and 'The Butcher Boy' said the changing face of the film industry was making it harder to secure funding for smaller films.

The Sligo native admitted it was a problem often encountered by himself and good friend, Dublin director Jim Sheridan.

"I still love it (film making), but it is changing so rapidly," Jordan told the Irish Independent.

"It is very hard to finance the small independent movies that myself and Jim make."

Jordan, who said he had a "hundred things" in the pipeline for next year, added that while he enjoyed working on smaller projects, he was always looking for the next blockbuster.

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"I just want to do everything and the independent film industry is certainly more difficult.

"But now these cable series are expanding so there are other opportunities."

Jordan was among a number of Irish stars who turned out for the official launch of the new HD studio at the National Film School in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire yesterday.

Jim Sheridan, actress Sinead Cusack, broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy and producer Morgan O'Sullivan were among a group of industry professionals who were joined by President Michael D Higgins at the opening of the new €7.5m facility.

Chairman of the Irish Film Board Bill O'Herlihy heralded the new studio as "a hugely important occasion for the development of the film industry".

The new facility, only the second HD studio of its kind in the Republic, boasts a multi-camera studio, a green screen studio, two radio studios, a newsroom and four classrooms.

Irish Independent

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