The Neil Jordan film Byzantium will be hitting the silver screen soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There is now a clip from the film that has gone viral including some very nice high resolution pictures. The mother/daughter vampire tale has all the makings of Lifetime drama but hopefully it will do well as this is a new take on the culture. Vampires have always been lustful creatures but living at a Brothel? Wait haven’t I seen this before? Something about an ex playmate model and a popular HBO horror series with Corey Feldman in the feature? Take a look at the clip and pictures and decide for yourself, but with the actress Gemma Arterton as the mother, I’m interested.
Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.
Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die. And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences.
Byzantium stars Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonny Lee Miller and Danny Mays.