(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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