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My Left Foot director Sheridan hits out at 'arrogant' movie financiers

Oscar-winning director Jim Sheridan has hit out at the "arrogant" movie financiers who are currently milking the economic crisis.

The Dubliner, whose film My Left Foot won an Academy Award for two of its stars, has told the Diary how he believes that some executives are taking advantage of the situation.

Sheridan said that movie moguls are demanding "more bang for their buck" and are being far more cautious about what projects they're backing.

"It's hard to know how things will pan out. The box office side of things has gone up a bit, so the income side of it seems to be okay for now, but the financing side of it seems to be what's going off.

"There are people with money but they're getting very arrogant because if you have cash, you're a lot tougher with it than you were a year ago," he explained.

But Sheridan, who is renowned for making off-beat movies, looks set to score another critical hit in 2009.

He revealed how he has just completed filming on a big-budget film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire.


A remake of Susanne Bier's acclaimed Danish flick Brothers, it tells the story of a man, played by Maguire, who is sent to fight in Afghanistan while his black-sheep brother (Gyllenhaal) cares for his wife and child. It co-stars big names including Natalie Portman and Sam Shepard.

Sheridan continued: "We were in Santa Fey in New Mexico filming it for more than five months and we had a fabulous time.

"It's a great town and was good fun to make. I think that we're going to release that in August of next year."

The affable movie maker said that he hopes he'll be able to continue making films in which he really believes.

"It's hard to know right now," he said. "I think like everything else, it's going to re-trench a little bit.

"I have never really done commercial movies but that may change."


Coming from a family of film-makers, his brother Peter is a renowned playwright and author who has previously written about the family's interesting background in a series of books.

Two of Jim's daughters are also heavily involved in film making, with Kristen Sheridan an acclaimed director in her own right having helmed several hit movies, including Disco Pigs.