Neil Jordan interview: Perspectives on fortune and freedom

The film-maker has stepped away from the camera to write a new novel about the 1798 rebellion, seen through the eyes of a scion of landed gentry and a runaway slave

20th February, 2021
Neil Jordan interview: Perspectives on fortune and freedom
Neil Jordan: ‘In the 1970s, if you wanted to write or live a literary life, you had to leave the country. Now, you can stay and be celebrated.’ Picture: John Allen

Never admit to Neil Jordan that you’ve taken a course in screenwriting.

“That was a big mistake,” he’ll say. “You shouldn’t have done that. Don’t take a course in screenwriting. I’ve never taken a course in anything in my life.”

And whether you agree or not, it’s certainly hard to imagine Neil Jordan ever letting anyone tell him what to do....

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