Neil Jordan

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though not a painter like his grandfather, mother and two sisters, Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan inherited the same artistic sensibilities and opted for a camera instead of a brush to create the visually rich canvasses of ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1950 in Sligo, IE

Filmography

Director (23)

Byzantium 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Borgias 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Ondine 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Interview With the Vampire 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Director

The Miracle 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Angel 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Heart-Shaped Box (Movie)

(Director)

Killing on Carnival Row (Movie)

(Director)

Not I (TV Show)

Director

The Graveyard Book (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (20)

Ondine 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

(from short story) (Source Material)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night in Tunisia 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

From Story

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Miracle 1991 (Movie)

("Night in Tunisia") (From Story)

The Miracle 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Traveller 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angel 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heart-Shaped Box (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Killing on Carnival Row (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Graveyard Book (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (9)

Ondine 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intermission 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last September 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Courier 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (2)

A Film with Me in It 2010 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Independent Spirit: Close Up 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though not a painter like his grandfather, mother and two sisters, Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan inherited the same artistic sensibilities and opted for a camera instead of a brush to create the visually rich canvasses of his always-complex pictures. After finding some success as the author of moody, turbulent short stories, Jordan was discovered by director John Boorman, who hired the young writer as a creative consultant on "Excalibur" (1981) and later funded his first feature, "Angel" (1982). He transitioned to Hollywood with a couple of misfire comedies - "High Spirits" (1988) and "We're No Angels" (1989) - that sent him packing to Ireland. Back on his home turf, he wrote and directed the lyrical coming-of-age drama "The Miracle" (1991), which found him in his non-comedic comfort zone. Free to indulge his passion for unconventional love stories underpinned by issues of violence and death, Jordan directed "The Crying Game" (1992), which earned him an Academy Award and the fine distinction of creating one of the most notorious plot twists in cinema history. Returning to Hollywood, he directed the more commercially successful "Interview with the Vampire" (1994) before helming a long-held passion project about the titular divisive Irish hero, "Michael Collins" (1996). Along with such other acclaimed works as "The Butcher Boy" (1997) and "The Good Thief" (2003), Jordan, at his best, delivered provocative films that combined a stylistic freshness with pensive philosophical, social and sexual dimensions.

Relationships

Beverly D'Angelo Actor

Companion
Acted in Jordan's "The Miracle" (1991) no longer together

Michael Jordan

Father
Died in 1984

Angela Jordan

Mother

Anna Jordan

Daughter
Mother, Vivienne Jordan

Sarah Jordan

Daughter
Mother, Vivienne Jordan

Ben Jordan

Son
Born c. 1990 Jordon was briefly involved with his mother, named Mary

Daniel Jordan

Son
Born c. 1992 mother, Brenda Rawn

Brenda Rawn

Wife

Vivienne Shields

Wife
Mother of his two daughters divorced

EDUCATION

St. Paul’s College

Dublin

University College, National University of Ireland

Dublin 1972
Studied Irish history and English literature

Milestones

2013

Wrote and directed the final two episodes of "The Borgias"

2012

Helmed the vampire film "Byzantium"

2011

Produced Showtime's historical drama "The Borgias," starring Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI

2010

Directed Colin Farrell as an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid in "Ondine"

2007

Directed Jodie Foster in the crime drama "The Brave One"

2005

Directed "Breakfast on Pluto," starring Cillian Murphy as Patrick "Pussy" Braden, a transvestite prostitute

2002

Directed the thriller "The Good Thief," starring Nick Nolte as an aging gambler who attempts to rob a casino in the South of France

2001

Directed his own one-act stage play "White Horses" at Dublin's Gate Theater

1999

Produced (with Woolley), adapted and directed the remake of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair"; eighth collaboration with Rea, who played the husband of Julianne Moore

1999

Directed and co-scripted, from Bari Wood's novel Doll's Eyes, the supernatural thriller "In Dreams," starring Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.

1997

Co-adapted (with novelist Patrick McCabe) and directed "The Butcher Boy"; Rea played dual role of Mr. Brady and the adult incarnation of the title character

1996

Directed Liam Neeson as the Irish patriot "Michael Collins"; also co-starred Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea

1994

Directed Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in "Interview with the Vampire"; adapted by Anne Rice from her novel of the same name

1992

Had international success with "The Crying Game," starring Stephen Rea and Miranda Richardson; received an Oscar nomination for Best Director

1991

Returned to filmmaking with "The Miracle," based on his story, Night in Tunisia

1990

Filmed a segment for ABC's "Red, Hot and Blue," a televised variety salute to the music of Cole Porter that also promoted AIDS awareness

1989

Directed first feature he did not write script for, "We're No Angels"; screenplay by David Mamet

1988

Directed first American film, "High Spirits"; also wrote screenplay

1987

Made producing debut as co-executive producer of the Irish-made, "The Courier"

1986

Enjoyed breakthrough success with "Mona Lisa," starring Bob Hoskins

1985

Teamed with producer Stephen Woolley for "The Company of Wolves"

1982

Feature directorial debut, "Angel"; initial collaboration with actor Stephen Rea

1981

Hired as creative consultant on John Boorman's "Excalibur"; also shot a documentary on the making of the film

1981

First screenplay credit, "Traveller"; shot by director Joe Comerford in 16mm

1976

Received a grant from the British Arts Council

1974

Co-founded the Irish Writers Co-operative, which helped to publish local authors

Wrote first novel, The Past

Wrote three plays for Irish TV, one of which, "Night in Tunisia," was based on his collection of stories under the same name

Bonus Trivia

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Most of Jordan's movies have featured actor Stephen Rea.

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Jordan is married to his former executive assistant, Brenda Rawn.

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"I sometimes feel that if you take a story as basic as a myth or a fairy tale, it has an indestructibility; it can cross cultures, it can crop up again through generations, or in different contexts." - from The A.V. Club, June 3, 2010

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