Sunday 16 June 2019

'Hollywood doesn't make my kind of films any more' - Jordan donates work archives

Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson on the set of the movie
Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson on the set of the movie
Jordan directing a scene from the film in 1996. Photos: Stephen Moloney / National Library of Ireland
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Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Neil Jordan has revealed he struggles to continue making the style of film that forged him as one of the industry's best filmmakers.

Mr Jordan (68) said Hollywood studios were not making films like 'Michael Collins' or his 1992 Academy Award-winning 'The Crying Game' for present-day cinema-goers.

He made the comment ahead of his donation today of his work archives dating back to 1993 to the National Library of Ireland, where he will be joined by Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Josepha Madigan.

"The kind of films that I make, that people know me for, they're not really the kind of films that Hollywood studios are making at the moment.

"They're often made independently and it is becoming much more of a struggle to make the kind of movie that people know me for, like 'The Crying Game', 'Michael Collins', 'The Butcher Boy'," he told the Irish Independent.

"It has become a real struggle to make those kinds of films recently."

Mr Jordan said that he was "thrilled" to donate his archives to the library, saying that he had been approached by American institutions for them but preferred to add them to the collection of his work he had previously handed over to the library in 1993.

He said that the collection included "everything from 1993 to the present day, all the movies I did, all the notes and different drafts I have for different films... all the novels and fiction that I have written since then, basically everything."

Mr Jordan said he once used the reading room of the library to write short stories and scripts as a fledgling writer.

"It's one of the most beautiful places in Dublin I think, so I am very happy that they want it and I am very happy to give it to them," he said.

Mr Jordan, who was born in Co Sligo but who now lives in Dublin with his family, also said that he thought there were "brilliant" actors emerging from Ireland at the minute.

He said that he was sure Saoirse Ronan would be in line for an Oscar at some stage.

Items from the donation, including film and TV scripts, production files, storyboards, plays, notebooks, personal correspondence with artistic collaborators and political figures, as well as behind the scenes photography from 'Michael Collins', will be on display in the library's book-lined boardroom and director's office.

Irish Independent

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