Monday 21 October 2019

Making movies is becoming hard work, says Jordan

Director Neil Jordan arrives at the London gala screening of his new vampire film ‘Byzantium’ with one of the movie’s stars Gemma Arterton
Director Neil Jordan arrives at the London gala screening of his new vampire film ‘Byzantium’ with one of the movie’s stars Gemma Arterton
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

DIRECTOR Neil Jordan has revealed the "bottom" has fallen out of the film business, which he now dubs "hard work".

Jordan (63) arrived on the red carpet at London's Charlotte Street Hotel, with actress Gemma Arterton, for a gala screening of his vampire film 'Byzantium'.

"It's very hard work," the Irish Oscar winner confessed. "I started out as a short-story writer and novelist, and now I realise that I had no idea how lucky I was to make my first three films in rather quick succession."

Jordan, who was on cruches as he continues to recover from a knee injury, has revealed the film industry has changed drastically since he started out with 'Angels' in 1982 and 'The Company Of Wolves' in 1984.

"I don't know why films are so difficult: the bottom fell out of them.

"I don't know why David Lynch is not making movies, or why Francis Ford Coppola is making these strange little films that he has to finance himself.

"I just don't get it any more," he lamented.

'Byzantium', filmed on location in Ireland, and produced by Stephen Woolley, stars 'Lovely Bones' actress Saoirse Ronan and Bond girl Gemma Arterton.

Irish Independent

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