Magazine article Screen International

Vamping It Up

Magazine article Screen International

Vamping It Up

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Screen takes a look at exclusive footage of Neil Jordan's Byzantium, showcased during day two of FrightFest.

Not content with showing one piece of exclusive footage - the full-length SXSW trailer for horror anthology The ABCs Of Death - FrightFest day two also treated its audience to world exclusive footage of Neil Jordan's Byzantium, set to premiere at Toronto next month.

Introducing the footage, writer Moira Buffini stated that the film goes "right back to the roots when vampires moved through society just like everyone else," and prompted the biggest response by adding: "and they weren't glittery".

The highly promising footage showed Gemma Arterton as Clara Webb, towing a perfect line between alluring and dangerous, as she talks to her daughter's teacher about her past. Flicking back to some gorgeously composed shots of Clara - including a striking one of her bathing under a waterfall running with blood - as she rescues her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) from danger, the footage ends with Clara sinking her teeth into the teacher as he now knew too much. …

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