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Jim Sheridan – a director to survive the final cut

from The Irish Times.

IF YOU PRESS your nose to the window and listen carefully, you will, this week, catch a few interesting snippets about the inner workings of the film industry. Yesterday the latest movie from Jim Sheridan – this country’s most celebrated film-maker, along with Neil Jordan – made its way relatively quietly into Irish cinemas.

Dream House is a spooky thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Until recently the only scandal associated with the picture concerned a romantic liaison between its stars. Weisz has since parted from her then husband, the film director Darren Aronofsky, and settled down with the current James Bond.

Shortly after Dream House was first seen in US cinemas in September, the Los Angeles Times reported that, unhappy with the finished film, Sheridan had considered attempting to have his name removed from the project. Such things do happen. Before 2000, when the procedure was discontinued, directors, when disturbed by studio tinkering, could replace their names with the infamous pseudonym Alan Smithee. Movies released in that fashion include Hellraiser: Bloodline, The Shrimp on the Barbie and a television edit of Michael Mann’s Heat .

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