Director Neil Jordan is no stranger to dealing with our blood-sucking friends as he previously directed the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire, which starred Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton and Kirsten Dunst. Despite also directing The End of the Affair, The Crying Game and Michael Collins, Jordan is obviously quite at home dealing with the dark side of things as he also directed the 1984 Freudian werewolf tale The Company of Wolves.
The plot of Byzantium revolves around a mother and daughter vampire duo played by Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, the Irish actress best-known for playing Briony Tallis, the younger sister of Keira Knightley’s character in 2007’s Atonement. Even though she was only 13-years old at the time Saoirse so impresses in the part that she earned herself an Oscar nomination.
The mother and daughter vampire duo are seen in a South East England coastal town finding a way to make a living. In real life the movie was shot on location in Hastings, East Sussex, a location often used in the Second World War police series Foyle’s War.
Whilst the movie moves around a 200 year time slot Gemma gets the chance to play a variety of roles including prostitute and lap dancer.
Byzantium is adapted from Moira Buffini’s 2008 play A Vampire Story which was commissioned by the National Theatre in London.
Byzantium will open in UK cinemas on 03 May with US audiences having to wait until 28 June for Gemma Arterton’s busty vampire to hit their screens.