IMMA Talks digs deep into its audio archive to present recordings of past public talks and discussions, that feature contributions by IMMA Collection Artists and/or responses by others.
Track: In Conversation - Neil Jordan and Maeve Connolly, 2012; 'Not I'. Includes an extended introduction by Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.
This talk was presented in the context of the exhibition, NOT I: WRITTEN BY SAMUEL BECKETT AND DIRECTED BY NEIL JORDAN, 08 Aug 2012–09 Sep 2012. The installation is based on Samuel Beckett’s play for television, ‘Not I’, is directed by Neil Jordan and stars the American actress Julianne Moore. ‘Not I’ features an actress seated on a stage with just the mouth visible. The mouth then delivers a long monologue, a constat stream of consciousness. Neil Jordan describes the process: “With Julianne Moore we filmed each angle in long, complete, thirteen minute takes since the piece only reveals itself through the pressure of performance, through the demands Beckett makes on the breath, the voice, the mouth, the brain”. This talk took place at IMMA @ NCH on 09.08.2012.
Born in 1950 in Sligo, Neil Jordan began his career as a writer. Neil Jordan’s film career began with the role of creative consultant on John Boorman’s Excalibur in 1981. In 1982 Jordan wrote and directed his first feature film Angel. Since then he has written, directed and produced more than fifteen films, including Company of Wolves (1984), Mona Lisa (1986), The Crying Game (1992), Interview With The Vampire (1994), Michael Collins (1995), The Butcher Boy (1996), The End of The Affair (1999), The Good Thief (2002), Breakfast On Pluto (2005) and Ondine (2009). His films have been honoured with numerous awards worldwide, including an Oscar, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, A Golden Lion from The Venice Film Festival and a Silver Bear from Berlin. He has been awarded five honorary doctorates and in 1996 he was appointed Officer of the French Ordres des Artes et des Lettres. Neil Jordan has more recently written, directed and produced the television series The Borgias, with Octagon Films, and Showtime.
Image Credit: Blue Angel Films, Neil Jordan, Samuel Beckett, Not I, an adaptation of the 1972 play, 2000, Six-channel video (colour, sound), Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gift, the artist, 2000.