Choice: Film: The Butcher Boy
Thursday 26 February 1998
As Ryan Gilbey wrote, "the most heartening aspect of The Butcher Boy is that it represents Neil Jordan's return to what his first three films - Angel, The Company of Wolves and Mona Lisa - proved he does better than any other film-maker of his generation. In his hands, the familiar seems grotesque and entrancing and seductive. He is a born dreamer; his dreams have the weight of life." Made in 1982 in Eire, Angel was regularly cited as signalling an Eighties renaissance in British cinema. The Company of Wolves, Angela Carter's psychosexual horror-fairytale did wonders to further the reputations of both Jordan and his producers at Palace Pictures. The big time didn't suit him, however, and High Spirits could have been sued under the Trades Descriptions Act while Interview with the Vampire, for all the published affidavits from author Anne Rice, looked like it had bottled out. As Gary Glitter might have said, it's good to be back.
Life & Style blogs
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 There is literally not a single woman in this iPhone 6 queue
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Scottish independence: Tory revolt against 'devo max' grows as Rail Minister Claire Perry joins
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...
£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...
£32000 - £42000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...