Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor "Ella" Webb (Saoirse Ronan) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret. They were born two hundred years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.Written by
In 1816, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in the fabled "haunted summer", which has been depicted in several movies. In a drug and alcohol-induced frenzy, they engaged in a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley produced "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus". Byron began a vampire story, but abandoned it out of boredom. Polidori picked it up and created "The Vampyre" (the forerunner to "Bram Stoker's Dracula"), whose title character, Ruthven, was modelled on Byron. Jonny Lee Miller portrayed a character named "Ruthven" in this movie and the title role in the biopic, Byron (2003). See more »
After Frank falls from his bike he receives a laceration on his wrist which he tends to with a handkerchief, after Eleanor aids him by taking him back home he drops the rag on his porch which is now covered in blood. The pattern and the amount of blood surrounding the rag on the floor consistently changes between shots. See more »
My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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I have just seen this film as part of the famous Bridport Film Festival called "From page to screen". It features films that have been adapted from books and are very often accompanied, either before or after the screening, by a question and answer session with either the Director, Producer or Author etc. Bridport is in the county of Dorsetshire in the United Kingdom. This pre-release screening of Byzantium was enhanced by a very informative Q&A with the Producer Stephen Woolley. If you are expecting fangs, crucifixes, coffins and garlic prepare to be surprised! These vampires are a new take on a familiar theme. Much of the film is shot on location in the seaside town of Hastings which gives it a fabulously grungy and stark atmosphere. I have to admit that I didn't really want to go and see "another" vampire film. Believe me when I say that this is not just "another" vampire film.
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