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I've had three novels published, and I was working a little bit in theater in Ireland. I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.

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

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

It is extremely difficult to get movies that cost more than $40 million to be made these days.

Neil Jordan

Films have gotten leaner and leaner, cutting out all variations from the story line.

Neil Jordan

The Company of Wolves doesn't belong in any category, so it's difficult to prepare an audience for it. It's not a horror film, it's not a fantasy film, it's not a children's film - so what is it?

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

It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book is a very solitary thing.

Neil Jordan

The End of the Affair is almost like a play.

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

Never make a promise - you may have to keep it.

Neil Jordan

I've got perhaps more of a visual sense than most writers, so I enjoy getting the coherence from the writer to create these large pictures.

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

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

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

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

Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.

Neil Jordan

Company of Wolves was a story in a story in a story, which is actually a dream a girl dreams within which her grandmother tells a story.

Neil Jordan

I'm less comfortable making American movies because I don't know them so well.

Neil Jordan

I took two years away from making films to write a novel.

Neil Jordan

Well, Company of Wolves was about that literally, about fairy tales.

Neil Jordan

Well, with The Butcher Boy I was trying to be as accurate as I could to the experience of actually reading the novel.

Neil Jordan

I write the script first, to see if it's even vaguely interesting, and then if the script becomes compulsive, then I can do the film.

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

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
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