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Neil Jordan

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Filmography
  • Marlowe (in post-production)
    TBD — Feature Film
  • Greta
    2018 — Feature Film — 98 mins
  • The Borgias
    2011-2013 — TV Series 6 × — 50 mins
  • Byzantium
    2012 — Feature Film — 118 mins
  • Ondine
    2009 — Feature Film — 111 mins
  • The Brave One
    2007 — Feature Film — 122 mins
  • The Pogues: Poguevision (segment director)
    2006 — Music Documentary — 45 mins
  • Breakfast on Pluto
    2006 — Feature Film — 128 mins
  • The Good Thief
    2002 — Feature Film — 109 mins
  • Not I
    2000 — Short Film — 14 mins
  • The End of the Affair
    1999 — Feature Film — 102 mins
  • In Dreams
    1999 — Feature Film — 100 mins
  • The Butcher Boy
    1997 — Feature Film — 110 mins
  • Michael Collins
    1996 — Feature Film — 133 mins
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
    1994 — Feature Film — 123 mins
  • The Crying Game
    1992 — Feature Film — 112 mins
  • The Miracle
    1991 — Feature Film — 97 mins
  • Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (segments)
    1990 — TV Movie — 88 mins
  • We're No Angels
    1989 — Feature Film — 106 mins
  • High Spirits
    1988 — Feature Film — 99 mins
  • U2: Red Hill Mining Town
    1987 — Music Video — 6 mins
  • Mona Lisa
    1986 — Feature Film — 104 mins
  • The Company of Wolves
    1984 — Feature Film — 95 mins
  • Angel
    1982 — Feature Film — 92 mins
Awards
  • 2019 — Winner
    Dublin International Film Festival — Best Irish Film. Greta
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Imagine Film Festival, NL — Best Feature Film. Greta
  • 2014 — Winner
    Canadian Screen Awards, CA — Best International Drama. The Borgias
  • 2014 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Byzantium
  • 2013 — Winner
    Canadian Screen Awards, CA — Best International Drama. The Borgias
  • 2012 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Television Drama, Best Director Television Drama. The Borgias
  • 2011 — Winner
    Gemini Awards — Best Dramatic Series. The Borgias
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Primetime Emmy Awards — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. The Borgias
  • 2010 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Film, Best Director for Film. Ondine
  • 2010 — Nominee
    Shanghai International Film Festival — Best Film. Ondine
  • 2007 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director. Breakfast on Pluto
  • 2007 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Film. Breakfast on Pluto
  • 2006 — Nominee
    Berlin International Film Festival — Best Feature Film. Breakfast on Pluto
  • 2006 — Nominee
    European Film Awards — European Film Award. Breakfast on Pluto
  • 2006 — Winner
    Ljubljana International Film Festival — Audience Award. Breakfast on Pluto
  • 2003 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2002 — Winner
    Camerimage — Special Award- Director with Special Visual Sensitivity.
  • 2002 — Nominee
    San Sebastián International Film Festival — Golden Seashell. The Good Thief
  • 2000 — Nominee
    BAFTA Awards — Best Film, David Lean Award for Direction. The End of the Affair
  • 2000 — Nominee
    Golden Globes, USA — Best Director - Motion Picture. The End of the Affair
  • 2000 — Nominee
    Humanitas Prize — Feature Film Category. The End of the Affair
  • 1999 — Winner
    Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) — Silver Raven. In Dreams
  • 1999 — Nominee
    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Director. The Butcher Boy
  • 1998 — Winner
    Berlin International Film Festival — Best Director. The Butcher Boy
  • 1998 — Nominee
    Berlin International Film Festival — Best Film. The Butcher Boy
  • 1998 — Winner
    Brussels International Film Festival — Crystal Iris.
  • 1997 — Winner
    Telluride Film Festival, US — Silver Medallion Award .
  • 1996 — Winner
    Venice Film Festival — Golden Lion. Michael Collins
  • 1995 — Nominee
    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA — Best Director. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 1995 — Nominee
    Hugo Awards — Best Dramatic Presentation. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 1995 — Nominee
    Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists — European Silver Ribbon. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 1994 — Nominee
    Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards — Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera). The Crying Game
  • 1994 — Honorable Mentions
    Awards Circuit Community Awards — . Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 1994 — Nominee
    Faro Island Film Festival — Best Film. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 1994 — Nominee
    Goya Awards — Best European Film (Mejor Película Europea). The Crying Game
  • 1994 — Nominee
    Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists — Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero). The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Winner
    20/20 Awards — Best Director. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    Academy Awards, USA — Best Director. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Winner
    Amanda Awards, Norway — Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm). The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Winner
    BAFTA Awards — Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film . The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    BAFTA Awards — Best Film, Best Direction. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Director. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero). The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    Directors Guild of America, USA — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    Edgar Allan Poe Awards — Best Motion Picture. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Winner
    Film Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Winner
    London Critics Circle Film Awards — British Director of the Year. The Crying Game
  • 1993 — Nominee
    National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA — Best Director. The Crying Game
  • 1992 — Nominee
    Awards Circuit Community Awards — Best Director. The Crying Game
  • 1992 — Winner
    Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards — Best Foreign Film. The Crying Game
  • 1991 — Nominee
    Berlin International Film Festival — Golden Berlin Bear. The Miracle
  • 1987 — Nominee
    BAFTA Awards — Best Film, Best Direction. Mona Lisa
  • 1986 — Nominee
    Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or. Mona Lisa
  • 1986 — Winner (tied with "The Sacrifice")
    Valladolid International Film Festival — Best Film. Mona Lisa
  • 1985 — Winner
    Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival — Special Jury Award. The Company of Wolves
  • 1985 — Nominee
    Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival — Grand Prize. The Company of Wolves
  • 1985 — Special Mention
    Fantafestival — . The Company of Wolves
  • 1985 — Winner
    Fantasporto — International Fantasy Film Award, Critics' Award, Audience Jury Award. The Company of Wolves
  • 1985 — Winner
    London Critics Circle Film Awards — Director of the Year. The Company of Wolves
  • 1984 — Winner
    Evening Standard British Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer.
  • 1984 — Winner
    Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival — Caixa de Catalunya, Prize of the International Critics' Jury. The Company of Wolves

Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. His early career began as a writer. After setting up The Irish Writers’ Cooperative in 1974. Neil went on to win The Guardian Fiction Prize for his book of short stories ‘Night in Tunisia’ (1976). Since then he has gone on to publish three novels, ‘The Past’ (1979), ‘The Dream of a Beast’ (1983) and most recently ‘Sunrise with Sea Monster’ (1994). Jordan’s published fiction has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish and Japanese.

In 1982 Neil Jordan wrote and directed his first feature film, ‘Angel’, for which he won The London Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer Award.

‘The Company of Wolves’ (1984) was his next film and was honoured with Best Film and Best Director Awards by the London Critics Circle and a Golden Scroll for Outstanding Achievement from The Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films.

‘Mona Lisa’ followed in 1986. It starred Michael Caine, Cathy Tyson and Bob Hoskins, who won the Best Actor Award at The Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The film itself was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Award and a Best Screenplay nomination from The Writers Guild of America. It was also nominated in the categories of Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay in the 1986 BAFTAS.

‘Mona Lisa’ was followed by two comedies. One, ‘High Spirits’ (1988), set in Ireland starring Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg and Peter O’Toole, the other, ‘We’re No Angels’ (1989), his first all-American production, starring Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. He then returned to Ireland to make a much smaller film ‘The Miracle’ in 1991, which starred Beverly D’Angelo.

In 1992 Jordan wrote and directed ‘The Crying Game’ which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Stephen Rea), Best Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson) and which won Jordan an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In addition, it was voted Best Foreign Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Screenplay by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Writers Guild of America. It also received the Best Foreign Film Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama and the Mystery of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Film.

In the UK, the film won the BAFTA for Best British Film and was nominated for five other BAFTA Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing. Jordan was selected Best Director by the Guild of Regional Film Writers and nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. It also received Norway’s award for Best Foreign Film.

In 1994 Jordan returned to the United States to film an adaptation of Anne Rice’s popular novel ‘Interview with the Vampire’, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater. Next came the film of the Irish revolutionary ‘Michael Collins’(1996), starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Julia Roberts, which won a Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival.

In 1996 Jordan was also awarded the distinction of les Arts et Lettres, as officer in the order, on the occasion of l’Imaginaire Irlandais in France, for his contribution to cinema.

He went on to collaborate with Irish novelist Pat McCabe to adapt his novel The Butcher Boy for the screen in 1997, it won Jordan a Silver Bear award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival and newcomer Eamonn Owens received a special mention for his performance in the film.

In 1999 Jordan made the psychological thriller ‘In Dreams’, starring Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea. In the same year he went on to direct his own adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel ‘The End of the Affair’, starring Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea. The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards and ten BAFTA Awards, Jordan was honoured with the BAFTA for the Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jordan soon went on to direct a fourteen minute film based on Samuel Beckett’s play, ‘Not I’, which starred Julianne Moore and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

In February 2001 Neil Jordan was the recipient of The Ireland Fund of France Wild Geese Award. In December of the same year he was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) from the The Queen’s University Belfast.

Jordan set up the production company, Company of Wolves with Stephen Woolley through which they have produced, ‘The Actors’, directed by Conor McPherson, starring Michael Caine and Dylan Moran, and ‘Intermission’, directed by John Crowley, starring Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney.