Courtesy of WestEnd Films comes another look at Byzantium, the vampire film by Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire). Many behind-the-scenes stills have been seen from this production, featuring stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan – this is the first time we’re seeing the two together in character.
Akin to Daughters of Darkness, the story concerns two young women who flee the scene of a murder and wind up in a coastal resort. Inside, you’ll find a larger version of the pic you see on the left along with a detailed plot synopsis.
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.