John Boorman's Interesting Facts

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1 In 2012, he was the subject of a documentary film, originally made for French television and directed by his daughter Katrine. In it, it was revealed that his second marriage, to Isabella Weibrecht, had recently ended in divorce.
2 Was reported he was going to direct a film of Rosenkrantz and Guilderstern are dead in 1968.
3 Moved to Ireland from L.A. in 1969 when he was directing Leo the Last (1970). Purchased a Georgian rectory in County Wicklow for £21,500. Back then the location was quite remote though, nowadays, his neighbors include such luminaries as, Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains' front man), Paul McGuinness (U2's manager), Daniel Day-Lewis, etc.
4 Was sent an early draft of a script for Rocky (1976) by producer Robert Chartoff. He wrote back to say that not only was he not interested but that he strongly advised Chartoff to drop the project completely.
5 June 1984: Received a CBE (Companion of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
6 1997: Achievement Award presented by Film Institute of Ireland.
7 Grandfather of Kinvara Boorman and Doone Boorman.
8 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1991.
9 Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.
10 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 141-145. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
11 On the DVD commentary for Excalibur (1981), he never refers to the late Nicholas Clay, the actor who played Lancelot, by name.
12 Said he cast Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren as Merlin and Morgana, respectively, against both their protests, in Excalibur (1981) because he thought their real-life dislike for each other would give their scenes more of an edge.
13 2004: Awarded the fellowship of the British Film Academy.
14 Father of Katrine Boorman, Charley Boorman, Lola Boorman, Telsche Boorman and Daisy Boorman.
15 He is President of the Young Irish Film Makers, a youth based film training organisation based in Kilkenny, Ireland.
16 Attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not Roman Catholic. Apparently his parents thought that Catholic school teachers would be less likely to be drafted into WWII.
Sources:
IMDB, Wikipedia


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