Quotes by: Neil Jordan

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Neil Jordan
Jordan at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Neil Patrick Jordan
(1950-02-25) 25 February 1950 (age 66)
Sligo, Ireland
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, novelist
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Vivienne Shields
Brenda Rawn (2004–present)
Children 5
Website neiljordan.com

But everyone gets burnt, don't they? Certain things are outside of your control. I suppose the only thing you can learn as a director is to not put yourself into situations where it can get outside of your control. And that's what happened.
Neil Jordan
Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.
Neil Jordan
I mean I grew up in Ireland, so one would have to be consciously blinkered not to have reflected on the issue of political violence because that was the story since I was 19 years old or 20.
Neil Jordan
Why should a horror film be just a horror film? To me, The Company of Wolves is a fairy tale; it's got all those elements plus a lot more. And we know that fairy tales aren't innocent any more.
Neil Jordan
It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book is a very solitary thing.
Neil Jordan
The Company of Wolves is about how society teaches young women to look at themselves, and what to be afraid of. It's about a girl learning that the world of sensuality and the unknown is not to be feared, that it's worth getting your teeth into.
Neil Jordan
It's hard to know whether certain characters come to life or not, they either come to have their own life or they don't. I've written many things in which the characters just remain inert.
Neil Jordan
In Dreams... well, I was slightly overcompensating with that. I was a bit like a director for hire, so maybe I was putting too much imagery that was familiar to me into it.
Neil Jordan
The most difficult thing is the organization of people and the expression of your intentions. It's very easy to have a picture in your head and to imagine that you've told everybody about what you need.
Neil Jordan
I've also worked hard portraying an Ireland which is fast disappearing. Ireland was a very depressed and difficult place in the 1980s, and I've tried to include that in the script. I worked really hard to find the heart of the book.
Neil Jordan
When you've written a movie, you then get together with a whole lot of people and make it. In many ways, I think it is far nicer to be with people rather than being completely solitary.
Neil Jordan
Films have gotten leaner and leaner, cutting out all variations from the story line.
Neil Jordan
And I think I often choose to do something because it's quite different from what I've done before.
Neil Jordan
It's nice to work with Hollywood because there is never any question of resources put at your disposal to make a film as long as it is the right thing to do.
Neil Jordan
Well, if you're talking about the current climate, there's a lack of content in American film because I think people are deeply confused about their emotions, and they don't regret certain aspects of their own foreign policy.
Neil Jordan
For me now, it's about what you would write and what you wouldn't write, and that's how I select what I am going to do. It can be quite nice being brought a concept by a studio for me to work on.
Neil Jordan
My conception of it was that in a normal film you have a story with different movements that program, develop, go a little bit off the trunk, come back, and end.
Neil Jordan
I'm less comfortable making American movies because I don't know them so well.
Neil Jordan
There's no point in making a film out of a great book. The book's already great. What's the point?
Neil Jordan
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