Byzantium is UK’s answer to Let the Right One In. Based on a play called ‘A Vampire’s Story’ by Moira Buffini it stars Gemma Arterton, (you'll remember her Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters but do you remember her in St Trinian's?), and Saorise Ronan, of ‘Hannah’ and ‘The Host’ fame, who play mother and daughter. Filmed in the UK seaside town Hastings, this is a vampire story that’s a bit different from the norm. It’s not vampires versus humans, though they do of course have ‘the thirst’, its more equal rights for female vampires and their struggle to survive – should there only be male vampires in this world? I personally think not!! :oD Byzantium is also a bit more real than the usual fiction we are fed, and if you are centuries old without a proper education then working on the streets is of course the easiest option to make money for rent.
Whilst this movie is slow in parts, once it starts flicking back to ancient times the story of the two female vampires becomes more intriguing, and somewhat grim. Probably more of a DVD watch, if you love your vampire films it is worth a go, though it's not there at the top with the best ones. If you do watch it – I bet you’ll love the whole idea of the Island that’s in this story – I did!