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Celtic Sole Brother
Oscar-winner Terry George is one of the most important – and creatively successful – film directors in Ireland. Now, with Whole Lotta Sole, he is moving into a new phase of his career.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 25 Jul 2012
On a personal level, northern Ireland still has much to offer George. He looks at the past and present and is pleased. “It’s as easy going from New York to Belfast as it is from New York to LA and I prefer going that way! It helps to ground you and get back to the cultural roots that have made all of us successful, Jim, Neil [Jordan], the actors themselves... We’re all Irish first and foremost. The peace is fantastic. Particularly in the financial climate we’re in. Despite the economic problems, [Peter] Robinson and [Martin] McGuinness are definitely committed to what’s been achieved and are moving forward. I’m very proud. Or rather, glad. Thinking of what came before, no one wants to have to pay that price, but at least most people are genuinely committed to it now. It’s remarkable going to Stormont to see these people working side-by-side, day-by-day.”
So what’s next for George? “I have an entrapment story here in the US that I’m particularly intrigued by,” he reveals. “Another tough independent job. Sometimes they fly quite quickly, sometimes they take years. For me, it’s an interesting premise but for the people putting the money up...” The pitch? “It’s In The Name Of The Father Goes To The Bronx.”