Paul McGuirk has announced the publication of his debut biography, Neil Jordan: A Quiet Man In Babylon. Neil Jordan is indisputably the most important filmmaker to emerge in the context of contemporary Irish cinema to date.

With a career spanning over thirty-four years Neil Jordan’s prolific career has tackled questions of political importance arising from the troubles in Northern Ireland with movies like The Crying Game (1992) and Michael Collins (1996). His significant body of work has engaged with a wide variety of themes from exploring the outer fringes of Neo-Gothic Narrative in movies such as Interview with the Vampire (1994) to experimenting with postmodern narrative in The Butcher Boy (1997), and Breakfast on Pluto (2006).

In Neil Jordan: A Quiet Man In Babylon, Paul McGuirk looks in detail at the extraordinary career of one of the most notable Irish filmmakers of the twentieth century. He provides a comprehensive study of all Jordan’s film and television work to date. It is McGuirk’s passion and extensive knowledge of the film industry which opens the reader into the career of a magnificent film maker. Just as Jordan’s movies are a feast for the senses this engaging read is beautifully illustrated with colour stills from each of the films. This is a must read for any movie enthusiast.

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Paul McGuirk is a lecturer in film studies who has designed and delivered courses in Film Theory, Irish Cinema, European Cinema, Political Cinema, and Documentary Cinema at undergraduate and postgraduate level in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and The National Film School at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. In addition, he has published a book-length study of Neil Jordan’s literary fiction entitled, Neil Jordan: The Literary Fiction, and contributed articles to Irish Films/Global Cinema, Cineaste, Film-Konzepte, and estudios irlandeses.

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