Crime of Passion
Crime of Passion
‘A scintillating novel from a master storyteller’
‘a fascinating exploration of the juncture where art bumps up against an unforgiving reality . . . Boorman makes for an entertaining guide as he steers us through the shark-infested waters of contemporary movie-making’
‘this novel's blend of sighing resignation, cinephilia and vigorous human soap opera feels like another worthy chapter in an illustrious storytelling career’
‘a novel full of barbed wit and insights, that lifts the lid on the mercurial world of film-making. . . . IFTA congratulates John Boorman on this exciting new phase in his career’
Film director Daniel Shaw and his producer Jack Diamond have made well-received movies, but none of them have made money. If they are to stay in the game, they need to make a commercial picture. In a last-ditch attempt at success, Daniel and his writer concoct a script they hope is sexy and violent enough to attract a mass audience. They call it Crime of Passion. Their quest for financial backing takes them into the bizarre machinations of Hollywood and its tortured executives, whose fear of failure is even greater than their lust for success.
Every film is changed by the people making it. Daniel’s manic passion threatens to derail it, his wife’s infidelity unhinges it, and his insistence on casting a beautiful, unknown actress shifts the project away from the mainstream audiences they had hoped to capture. The shifting relationships of the two men and their wives become enmeshed, and change the movie – and their lives – in a way they could never have imagined.
Crime of Passion is a roller-coaster read for anybody with an interest in the Hollywood film industry. Written by a true Hollywood icon, this book takes the reader through the highs and lows of a cut-throat industry, where money may take precedence over artistic integrity.
John Boorman is one of Ireland and Britain’s most distinguished film directors. His sixteen feature films include Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur and Hope & Glory. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and awarded the Best Director Prize twice at the Cannes Film Festival. His books Money into Light and Adventures of a Suburban Boy are required reading for anyone with a love of film, or an interest in developing a career in it. Crime of Passion is the first novel from this award-winning writer and director.
The Times preview, 28 August 2016
Anton Muireann Show interview on Today FM, 16 Sep 2016
In conversation with Sean Rocks at the Dublin Book Festival, 2016
The Phoenix review, 14 December 2016
Hot Press interview, 13 Mar 2017