Jim Sheridan is amongst the most prolific voices of Irish cinema and Imprint Films has brought together – for the very first time – his first four landmark films in one stunning Blu-ray box set collection. STACK caught up with the director to discuss the release.

The collection features his Oscar-winning debut feature My Left Foot (1989), his instant follow-up The Field (1990), his provocative IRA story In the Name of the Father (1993), and his sports-drama The Boxer (1997).

Speaking with STACK, Sheridan reflects on the runaway success of My Left Foot and his collaboration with Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

“It does hit you a little bit like a freight train,” he admits of his debut film being met with such critical acclaim – winning two Oscars and two BAFTAs. “Especially when you’re coming out of doing theatre, and you might get one or two interviews for a show, or a couple of reviews. And then you do a movie and then it’s everywhere in the world. It changes your living standard.”

My Left Foot (1989)

Day-Lewis stars in four of the three films (excluding The Field) and his reputation as being a disciplined and difficult method actor is the stuff of legend. However, Sheridan recalls that made the job a whole lot easier.

“You know the best situation with any collaboration is that you’re not really having to do a lot of work. It’s kind of understood intrinsically or on some level that’s deeper than any logic can approach. Daniel and I were kind of connected that way, and we didn’t have to speak that much to each other, you know? And that’s hard to explain, it just happens. We kind of saw the world the same way”.

The Field (1990)

Making its Blu-ray debut in Imprint’s Directed by Jim Sheridan: Four Irish Films collection is The Field, a smaller, lesser-known movie about a rural land dispute, which Sheridan suspects was too culturally grounded to have captured a global audience.

The Field was a more difficult movie because it was particularly Irish. I remember coming out of a screening in LA and as the audience came out one guy said to another, ‘What was his problem? He didn’t own the field. He rented the field.’ And they really didn’t get the [concept of] tenant occupancy the way an Irish person would.

In the Name of the Father (1993)

“Essentially, the move to America for all of Southern Europe was the movement of peasants to the cities, and they were never going back to the f–ing land, where they had had a horrible life. And once they got to the city they forgot about the land. So people didn’t really understand tenancy. And that’s what made that movie very difficult.”

Despite The Field‘s obscurity at the time, it has become one of the great Irish films and perhaps Sheridan’s most personal. It was also shot before My Left Foot had been released to the world (and before Sheridan had become an A-list director), which solidifies it as one of the most endearing films in his extensive catalogue.

The Boxer (1997)

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