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NEIL JORDAN (Director/Screenwriter) won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for "The Crying Game," which also brought him an Oscar® nomination for Best Director. With its stunning final twist, "The Crying Game" was one of the most acclaimed and talked-about films of 1992.

Jordan followed with the controversial hit "Interview With the Vampire," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. He then co-wrote and directed the epic story of the Irish revolutionary and founder of the IRA, "Michael Collins," starring Liam Neeson in the title role. His most recent film was "The Butcher Boy," adapted from Patrick McCabe's award-winning novel.

A native of Ireland, Jordan first established himself as an award-winning short story writer and novelist. His short story collection Night in Tunisia won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and he also authored the novels The Past and The Dream of a Beast. In 1980, he was hired as a script consultant on John Boorman's "Excalibur," and directed a documentary on the making of that film.

He made his feature film directorial debut on the atmospheric thriller "Angel," which received critical acclaim. He then helmed the adult fairy tale "The Company of Wolves," which marked his first collaboration with producer Stephen Woolley. His next film, the romantic thriller "Mona Lisa," received widespread recognition and brought an Oscar® nomination and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award to Bob Hoskins.

Jordan has also directed the films "High Spirits," with Steve Guttenberg, Darryl Hannah and Peter OToole; the comedy thriller "We're No Angels," teaming Robert De Niro and Sean Penn; and "The Miracle," with Beverly D'Angelo.

Making his home in Dublin, Jordan continues to write fiction as well as screenplays. His most recent novel is Sunrise With Sea Monster, published in 1994.

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