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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:

 

 

Toronto International Film Festival – Part V

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, what can one say? It is an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel of the same name. It stars Logan Lerman (The Butterfly Effect), Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) and Erza Miller (City Island) and is directed by Stephen Chbosky.

IMDB’s brief synopsis of the film: ‘An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.’

The reviews are in from the Toronto Film Festival, Exclaim! blog said: ‘It’s rare that a film adaptation can completely encapsulate a book’s essence, yet in this case, Stephen Chbosky does a masterful job with his screenplay and direction.’ Whilst Collider.com said: ‘The filmmaker has the beating emotional heart of the characters, and there’s not a single false moment in the film.  Every character in Wallflower seems like a real human being rather than a jumble of neuroses and affectations.’

So far, so good. Clearly this film will get a lot of press coverage due to the mega star that is Emma Watson, starring in her first role since the Harry Potter phenomenon. She dons an American accent, loses the wand and cloak, but is still stuck inside the school environment.  Whether or not she can prove she is made of sterner stuff remains to be seen.

Check out the Red Carpet images of The Perks of Being a Wallflower Cast: