Gemma Arterton Talks Byzantium Tone
Let's face it; Byzantium (review here) isn't exactly the most telling of titles and that's just fine by us, but recently its star, Gemma Arterton, spoke to Total Film regarding what fans can expect from Neil Jordan's new flick.
"I guess our film’s kind of like the female version [of Interview with the Vampire] in some ways. Two vampires that live together. One that’s the more reluctant vampire. Basically I’m Tom Cruise. Our film has this domestic side to it that’s unusual. It feels like a sort of follow-up in a way. But also one of my favourite films is The Company of Wolves. I feel like, because of the feminine aspects of it and imagery wise, it’s in that vein. So to speak."
Byzantium, written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan, stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Jonny Lee Miller, Tom Hollander, Bradley James, and Sam Riley in the vampire flick wherein Arterton stars as Clara, a vampire who has to protect herself and her daughter (Ronan) from those seeking to plunge a stake through their hearts.
On the run for murder, two young "sisters" arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past. Teenager Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet, they both hide the same secrets: They are really mother and daughter, and they are both ... vampires!
Eleanor is exhausted by 200 years on the run and desperate to settle down. But little does she know that her mother has been protecting her all of the years from their own kind, "The Brotherhood". To escape them, they must either blend in or continue running away. But just as they think they may have escaped, their past rapidly catches up with them.
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