KIRSTEN DUNST (Claudia) has been in front of the camera almost all of her young life. A native of New Jersey, she started her career in New York, modeling for print ads with the Little Rascals Agency, then joined the Ford Agency and was doing TV commercials by the time she was three years old, eventually making more than 70 commercials. She made her film debut in 1989, in the Woody Allen segment of "New York Stories," playing Mia Farrow's daughter, and followed with "The Bonfire of the Vanities," playing the daughter of Tom Hanks.
The Dunst family moved to Los Angeles, where Kirsten continued to audition for films. She then signed for the recurring role of Kitten in the television series "Sisters." Kirsten has made two appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and co-starred with Meredith Baxter in the NBC Movie of the Week "Darkness Before Dawn." She most recently co-starred in the feature film "Greedy," with Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas, and stars as Amy in "Little Women," directed by Gillian Armstrong. Her next film role will be opposite Robin Williams in "Jumanji."
About the Filmmakers...
NEIL JORDAN most recently directed one of the most notable films of 1992, "The Crying Game," which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Stephen Rea), Best Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson) and Best Editing, and which won Jordan the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
In addition, it was voted Best Foreign Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Screenplay by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Writers Guild of America. It also received the Best Foreign Film Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama and for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Film. In the United Kingdom, the film was nominated for five BAFTA awards: Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing. Jordan was selected Best Director by the Guild of Regional Film Writers and nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. It also received Norway's award for Best Foreign Film.
Born in Sligo, in northwest Ireland, Jordan began his career as a novelist. In 1974, he founded the Irish Writers Cooperative. In 1979, his collection of stories, Night in Tunisia, won the Guardian fiction prize.
Jordan is also a published author whose works include The Past, Night in Tunisia and The Dream of the Beast. He has recently written a novel, Sunrise With Sea Monster, which is scheduled for publication by Chatto Windus in early 1995. Sunrise With Sea Monster deals with the relationship between an Irish father and son and echoes the themes of struggle and betrayal which characterize the story of Ireland itself.
Jordan began his film career in 1981 as a creative consultant on John Boorman's "Excalibur." In 1982, Jordan wrote and directed his first film, "Angel" (a.k.a. "Danny Boy"), which won him the London Evening Standard's Most Promising Newcomer Award. His next film, "The Company of Wolves," was honored with Best Film and Best Director Awards by the London Critics' Circle and a Golden Scroll for Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films.
Jordan's third feature, "Mona Lisa," starred Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine and Cathy Tyson, and was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. "Mona Lisa" was honored with a Golden Globe Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics' Award and a Best Screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America; in addition, it earned Bob Hoskins an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. It was also nominated in the categories of Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay at the 1986 BAFTA Awards.
In 1987, Jordan directed Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah and Steve Guttenberg in the comedy "High Spirits." It was followed by Jordan's first entirely American production, "We're No Angels," starring Robert De Niro and Sean Penn, and "The Miracle," starring Beverly D'Angelo.