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Sunday 18 March 2018

Profits at Neil Jordan firm increase to €2.79m

Actress Gemma Arterton and Neil Jordan at the gala screening of his most recent movie, Byzantium
Actress Gemma Arterton and Neil Jordan at the gala screening of his most recent movie, Byzantium

Gordon Deegan

Accumulated profits at the firm owned by movie director Neil Jordan last year jumped by €184,238 to €2.79m. New accounts filed by Jordan's Sunwind Enterprises Ltd show that the firm last year continued its trend of recording healthy profits.

The profits of €184,238 followed profits of €287,185 in 2015. The firm's assets total €2.9m.

The two company directors on the board of the firm are Mr Jordan and his wife, Brenda Jordan.

The firm derives its income from the directing and production of films for TV and cinema.

Mr Jordan's most recent credit was for his work on a crime drama, 'Riviera', set in the south of France.

Based on an idea of former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, 'Riviera' was shown earlier this year on Sky Atlantic.

However, Mr Jordan disowned his work on the project this year. "I can't claim it's mine. If I had been in control of the thing it would have been quite different," he said.

Mr Jordan, who wrote the first two episodes with John Banville, said: "The two episodes we wrote together were reworked by others, after I pulled out."

Sunwind has enjoyed a steady increase in wealth in the last number of years, in spite of Mr Jordan suffering serious injuries when he was knocked over by a bus on Dublin's Dawson Street in April 2013

In an interview earlier this year, he said the incident left him "out of commission" for two years.

"I was out of commission - I smashed my kneecap and I severed all my tendons," he said.

Mr Jordan settled his High Court personal injury claim with Dublin Bus in March of this year.

"I couldn't move out of my house for about a year and for another two years I was kind of incapable - my movement was very restricted so I had to stop making films," he said earlier this year.

Mr Jordan's last major movie was the 2012 Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. He also oversaw the historical drama 'The Borgias'.

Mr Jordan won a best screenplay Oscar in 1992 for the Crying Game. He also directed that movie, which was nominated for six Oscars.

Some of his movie credits include 'The Butcher Boy', 'Interview with the Vampire', 'The Vampire Chronicles', 'Michael Collins' and 'Ondine'.

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