Played saxophone and banjo in a music group called Eilis.
Founded the Irish Writers' Cooperative in 1974, and has published several books, including the short-story collection Night in Tunisia (1976), and novels including The Past (1980), The Dreams of the Beast (1983), Shade (2005) and Mistaken (2011).
Made his directing debut in 1982 with the thriller Angel, which also marked his first collaboration with Irish actor Stephen Rea.
Biggest box-office success to date was the 1992 Anne Rice adaptation Interview with the Vampire, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
The London Film Critics Awards recognized him as Director of the Year in 1984 for The Company of Wolves, and British Director of the Year and British Screenwriter of the Year in 1992 for The Crying Game.
1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
2011, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
2000, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
2006, European Film Awards — European Film: Nominee
2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
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1998, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
1987, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
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1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
1992, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
1993, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
1987, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
1992, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner