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A comprehensive analysis of the films and writing of Neil Jordan. Part of the Contemporary Irish Writers and Filmmakers Series.


Neil Jordan is unarguably Ireland's most versatile, prolific and successful film director whose work, both in terms of his fiction writing, and film, has achieved international acclaim and recognition. Indeed, though he lives in Ireland, and through his work often engages with Irish subjects, he addresses at once more universal and more intimate themes such as the interrelation of private sexuality and politics or society, obsession and the nature of desire, and transformation and identity. Though he has worked across many genres, a defining feature has been a refusal of the realist mode.

Even in his non-fantasy films, there is a palpable sense of the magical and supernatural. Above all, he creates sumptuous and sensuous worlds of synergy which, thematically and narratively layered, are open to multiple critical interpretations.The book, which is the first extensive study of the director in English, provides contextualised readings of each of his films.

About the Author

s Emer Rockett has taught film studies at University College Dublin, National College of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and New York University's Dublin film programme. Kevin Rockett is a Lecturer in Film Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He is co-author of Cinema and Ireland (1987) and Still Irish: A Century of the Irish in Film (1995). His study of Irish film censorship, The Los Angelesation of Ireland, is forthcoming.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Author Rockett, Emer , Rockett, Kevin
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-904148-18-2
ISBN-13 n/a
Illustrations Full Colour
Date of Publication 2003
Number of Pages 328