People remember The Crying Game as a footnote in cinematic history but it should be reassessed to all budding filmmakers on how much passion and trauma it takes to get a film made and what some people are willing to risk to realise their dreams.
Palace Pictures was the big brash British Indie Producer/ Distributer during the 80’s, run by Nik Powell and Stephen Woolley which released and innovatively marketed seminal classics like The Evil Dead but ultimately died due to bad financial management. This was their last hit film. Eccentrically this film that could have saved them was sold off to Miramax who raked off the profits and let Palace die.
This low budget film directed by Neil Jordan was only kept going by the Producer Stephen Woolley using his credit card so filming could be completed. It was this bloody mindedness and suicidal attitude that stopped the film being an unfinished masterpiece. Remember the rule, NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN FILMS but sometimes passion does weird things.
Nobody know that the film was going to be a cultural phenomenon until Harvey Weinsten marketed it with the tantalising ‘twist’ element otherwise it would have been a glorified tv movie.
What happened to Stephen Woolley? Neil Jordan brought him on as a producer on Interview with a Vampire and currently runs Number 9 Films.