Neil Jordan's Byzantium gets a new still and synopsis

A new image from Neil Jordan's vampire taleBYZANTIUM has emerged on the film's official website, along with a new synopsis that sheds some fresh light on the movie, which stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones and Tom Hollander. Good cast, good director and an interesting storyline to boot. The vampire genre hasn't been staked just yet.

The 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.

We're still unsure when we'll get to see BYZANTIUM, as the flick is still in post-production. Once news of a release date drops, we'll alert you to it.

Gemma Arterton

Extra Tidbit: Neil Jordan's earlier genre efforts: THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and IN DREAMS.
Source: Westend Films



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