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Archive for the ‘Byzantium’ Category
  Nicole   May 04, 2013

A late entry into competition for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival is the new film from British director Neil Jordan. Byzantium stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother and daughter duo who are trying to lie low in a quiet seaside town. Their secret, that they are two hundred year old vampires, soon comes out. Their past comes back to haunt them and has deadly consequences for all those around them.

With a bit of luck this will buck the current trend of films featuring vampires who look like catwalk models and shimmer in the sunshine. Neil Jordan has a varied and impressive filmography including one of the best modern vampire films in the form of Interview with A Vampire from 1994.

Byzantium is on general release from 31st May.


  M.   May 03, 2013

Gemma looks divine and the interview is really worth a read!

Credit goes out to http://fashionscansremastered.net/.

Scans from 2013 > Marie Claire (UK) – June 2013

  M.   May 02, 2013

On her accent: It would be easy to write off Arterton as a modern-day Eliza Doolittle – the beguiling girl from the grubby council estate whose raw talent was her ticket out, the rough diamond who made it to theatre school, then RADA and got poshed up by elocution coaches and Oxbridge classmates. But that would be the Hollywood version, a simple 2D trajectory. The reality is more multicoloured than that and Arterton was never anybody’s project. ‘People make a big deal out of my accent,’ she shrugs. ‘I think they bang on about it because they assume I’m posh and then they hear me and I’m clearly not.’

On her relationship: Arterton is honest and welcoming, but is also so guarded about her private life that, in June 2010, she got married without anyone knowing much about it. The press only snatched some long-lens snaps of her looking radiant during an outdoor ceremony in Andalucia, Spain. Laughing opposite her was her seldom-talked-of groom, Stefano Catelli, who she’d kept so secret that, for a time, the press believed he was a Bond stuntman, but is actually an Italian businessman who works in the fashion industry. Then, in February, the press was playing catch-up again. Set against less-smiling pictures of her heading to a party alone came the headlines that she and Catelli had separated. She was, reportedly, devastated. I know she is discreet but, since it’s out there, I say it would be weird if I didn’t ask. She manages some answers without being prickly or overly evasive. ‘Ummm,’ she thinks. ‘It was a wonderful time and I have nothing bad to say about it. [Even if they don’t last] relationships can enrich your life in some way and then you move on to the next part – it’s all part of the process of living.”

On marriage: ‘I don’t know how I feel about marriage; whether it’s really necessary,’ she says. ‘If you are not religious, what does it mean? I’d always thought that – then I got married. And now I still believe in what I believed in when I was a child.

On soulmates: Does she subscribe to the soulmate theory? She smiles and shakes her head. ‘I look at certain couples and they’re soulmates, you can just see it,’ she says. ‘I like the idea that there is a soulmate out there and that you’ve known each other before, like in a past life you were brother and sister or something. I’ve yet to meet that person.”

Her unconventional upbringing: Her mum was a bit left field and bohemian. ‘We would always be painting or doing crafty things with Mum, and she’s inspired us to be musical.’ Sally took her girls to Glastonbury and, at home, they’d have family jam sessions. ‘My mum isn’t a typical mum. She’s individual. At the moment, she’s into clubbing. Last weekend, she went to Area [a superclub in London’s Vauxhall]. I haven’t even been to Area! So when you’re a kid, you’re like, “You’re so embarrassing. Why couldn’t you just be like everyone else’s mum and sit at home and drink tea?”

Her new film: I spent this morning in a screening room downstairs watching her latest ‘little’ film, Byzantium, a gloriously dark, intense thriller where she plays Clara, a vampire prostitute and mother who’s so protective of her daughter – played by Saoirse Ronan – she will happily garrotte anyone who poses a threat. In real life, there’s less than ten years between the actresses, but the age difference makes sense when you see the film. ‘I’m just so maternal, it’s a bit weird,’ she laughs. ‘I’m the mother figure in our family in the typical way that I look after everybody and make sure everybody’s OK. I’ve been like that since I was very small, especially with my sister. I have to reign it in a bit, because I’m not her mum.’

– Photoshoots > Marie Claire UK (2013)

  M.   April 30, 2013

“Neil loved me being bad,” declared Arterton when Film3Sixty sit down with her at the Glasgow Film Festival. “My character wasn’t sexual on the page but I felt sexuality should be her weapon of choice. She’s celebrating her feminine wiles and screwing everybody over with them.” Whenever a scene called for Clara to kill in Byzantium, Jordan would rely on his actress to concoct her own murderous methodolody. “There was one scene where I kill someone with a cheesewire while dressed in a stripper’s outfit and trainers,” Arterton recounts with glee. “I remember Neil getting very excited and going, ‘This is so iconic!'”

Byzantium (2013) > Related Clippings > Film3Sixty (UK) – Spring 2013, thanks to Chuckie

  M.   April 27, 2013

Jordan’s no stranger to the supernatural, having made a name for himself with The Company Of Wolves and Interview With The Vampire, and, according to Arterton, there’s a definite through line from those earlier films to Byzantium.

“I guess our film’s kind of like the female version [of Interview With The Vampire] in some ways,” she told Total Film.

“Two vampires that live together. One that’s the more reluctant vampire. Basically I’m Tom Cruise,” Arterton deadpanned.

“I guess 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.”

For much more from Arterton, Jordan and Ronan, pick up the issue 206 of Total Film magazine, which is on sale now.

Scans can be found in our gallery.

  M.   April 26, 2013

More than a decade since Jordan and Woolley last properly worked together comes Byzantium, starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in a tale about vampires, storytelling and sexuality.

Starting in realist mode with mama monster Clara (Arterton) as a contemporary lap-dancer who keeps cheesewire handy to behead unwelcome callers and daughter Eleanor (Ronan) haunting council states for OAPs to bleed, Byzantium looks to pre-Stoker literature for the early 19th century flashbacks which explain their origins. Darvell (Sam Riley) and Ruthven (Jonny Lee Miller), naval officers whose casual attitude to women has centuries-long consequences, take their names from versions of a story told by Lord Byron (A Fragment) and John Polidori (The Vampyre) which introduced the vampire into English prose.

In an eerie, chilly, tatty-yet-genteel seaside town, the couple fall out — Clara preys on those who deserve to die while Eleanor seeks out those who won’t want to live — and their purpuers close in.

Byzantium is out the UK on 31 May.

Byzantium (2013) > Related Clippings > Empire (UK) – June 2013
Byzantium (2013) > Related Clippings > SFX (UK) – July 2013

Thanks to Chuckie.

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  Nicole   April 18, 2013

Added a couple of new posters for the upcoming Byzantium. I really can’t wait for it!

Movies & Television > Byzantium (2013) > Posters & Covers