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Neil Jordan’s Byzantium gets a new still and expanded plot this week, so now we can say with confidence that it both looks and sounds great.
Jordan (Interview With the Vampire) is attached to direct the project which is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, The Graveyard Book, which has been scripted by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre) from her own stage play. What a great combination of filmmakers and writers to bring this story to life.
Set to be released later this year, the new still, which can be seen below, shows lead stars, mother and daughter vampire duo Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, and to know what it’s all about here’s the film’s expanded plot:
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.
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