Toronto International Film Festival – Part VI

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Byazantium is an up and coming new take on the classical Vampire film, which has, unfortunately been turned in to a blockbuster craze by films such as Twilight. Turning Vampires in to commodities, franchises and making millions for the films stars and production companies.

But, Byzantium is set to be something quite different. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy) and stars at its centre, the brilliant Gemma Arterton (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) and Saorise Ronan (Atonement).

The films synopsis, according to IMDB is; ‘A mother and daughter vampire duo form a deadly pact.’

The reviews are in from the Toronto Film Festival; The globeandmail.com said: “Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.”, ” …But where Twilight is a teen romance with abstinence education, Byzantium is mostly a mother-daughter story with sex work on the side.” Whereas, on the contrary, indiewire.com said;  .”…a story that mostly spins its wheels, when not jumping back to overexplain plot elements aren’t particularly germane to the story at hand, “Byzantium” never takes off or finds forward momentum.”

Mixed reviews so far, but, as the Vampire genre has swept the nation, mass producing a once new and exciting genre of film. Filled with sex, blood and tension. This different take on the genre, female driven and with two British actors at its forefront. This could be a refreshing take on this particular genre of film.

Check out the Red Carpet images from the Toronto Film Festival below:

 

 

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