Wednesday 21 November 2018

In the director's chair: injured Jordan refuses to miss 'Byzantium' premiere

Neil Jordan arriving at the premiere of his film ‘Byzantium’
Neil Jordan arriving at the premiere of his film ‘Byzantium’
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

DIRECTOR Neil Jordan attended the premiere of his vampire flick 'Byzantium' in a wheelchair days after a narrow escape with a bus.

Jordan was joined by stars of the film world including actors Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons, director Jim Sheridan and actor Paul Ronan – whose daughter Saoirse starred in the film.

The 63-year-old director fielded questions from the packed audience at the Irish premiere in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar.

"It is fine but I'm just not used to wheelchairs," quipped the director, as he responded to queries about his injured, propped-up right knee.

The director was understood to have been hospitalised after he was nearly clipped by a bus crossing Dublin's Dawson's Street. He had earlier had a knee operation.

Jordan, who won the Best Screenplay Oscar in 1992 for 'The Crying Game', was seen lying on the ground after the incident just over a week ago.

Speaking about his latest movie, Jordan said that initially everything about the script was "attractive" apart from the fact it was about vampires.

"We'd done a movie called 'Interview with a Vampire' and there had been this extraordinary weird proliferation of movies about vampires – the 'Twilight' series. They became like cuddly toys and the main challenge for me in deciding whether to embark on this film was how to make them interesting," he said.

Vampire flick 'Byzantium' was filmed on location in Ireland and stars 'The Host' actress Saoirse and Bond girl Gemma Arterton.

The plot follows a mother and daughter vampire duo let loose in a seaside resort.

Mr Ronan explained his daughter Saoirse (18) was unable to attend as she was in the US shooting 'How to Catch a Monster' with actor Ryan Gosling.

Amongst those who attended the screening were actors Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons. The couple arrived in Dublin shortly after taking part in a protest at the Avondale House Forest Walk in Co Wicklow.

Along with up to 4,000 locals, they gathered at the stately house to protest the proposed sale of the rights to Coillte forests.

Irish Independent

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