Byzantium

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Byzantium (2013)

Opened: 06/28/2013 Limited

Limited06/28/2013
IFC Center06/28/2013 - 07/25/201328 days
The Landmark06/28/2013 - 07/04/20137 days
DVD10/29/2013

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Genre: British/Irish Fantasy Thriller

Rated: R for bloody violence, sexual content and language,

Beautiful. Seductive. Deadly.

Synopsis

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Cast Biographies

Gemma Arterton (Clara)

Since graduating from RADA in 2007, Gemma Arterton has already garnered an Empire Film award for 'Best Newcomer' and a nomination for the 'Orange Rising Star' award at the 2011 BAFTAs. Gemma is currently filming Brad Furman's thriller Runner in Puerto Rico in the leading female role of 'Rebecca Shafran' alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Gemma will next be seen in the lead role of 'Gretel' opposite Jeremy Renner in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, directed by Tommy Wirkola, due for release in January 2013. Gemma has also recently finished filming the London-set comedic drama Song for Marion alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp. Gemma has recently been announced as part of the cast for 2013's Jeff Buckley biopic Mystery White Boy and comedy thriller The Wright Girls directed by Andy Fickman.

Last year, Gemma voiced the character of 'Shelley' in A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure, an animated feature including voices from John Hurt and Dominic Cooper. She also starred in the title role in Tamara Drewe directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears, opposite Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Tamsin Greig. In 2010, Gemma appeared alongside Sam Worthington as the goddess 'Io' in Louis Letterier's remake of the 1981 epic Clash of the Titans, based on the classic Greek myth. She also played the lead female role of 'Princess Tamina' in Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, directed by Mike Newell, starring alongside Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhall and Sir Ben Kingsley. In 2009, Gemma starred in J Blakeson's independent film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a thrilling tale of kidnapping and intrigue in which she played the title role alongside Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan.

Amongst her other film credits, Gemma starred in Richard Curtis' The Boat that Rocked, a period comedy set in the 1960's co-starring a host of greats such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson and in 2008, Gemma starred as iconic Bond Girl 'Strawberry Fields' in Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench. Her other film credits include Guy Ritchie's gangster film RocknRolla, Three and Out, directed by Jonathan Gershfield, and the classic remake of St Trinian's directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson for which she was nominated for an Empire Award and won a National Movie Award.

For television, Gemma's heartrending portrayal of the heroic 'Tess' in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles co-starring Eddie Redmayne and Hans Matheson earned her rave reviews and numerous award nominations. She also played the role of 'Elizabeth Bennett' in ITV's costume drama "Lost in Austen". In 2007 she also starred in the BBC's "Capturing Mary", directed by Stephen Poliakoff, in which she played the character 'Liza' alongside Dame Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Ruth Wilson.

For theatre, in early 2010 Gemma make her West End debut at the Garrick alongside Rupert Friend and Tamsin Greig, in Douglas Carter Beane's Award-winning Broadway comedy "The Little Dog Laughed". She also returned to the stage in November 2010 at the internationally renowned Almeida Theatre in Henrik Ibsen's 'The Master Builder', for which Gemma's performance earned her critical acclaim for her 'spellbinding' turn as 'Hilda Wangel'. Her previous theatre credits include the role of 'Rosaline' at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 'Love Labour's Lost' directed by Dominic Dromgoole. After gaining an award for 'Best Supporting Actress for Kent', she gained a full scholarship to RADA where she took lead roles in productions such as 'An Ideal Husband', 'Titus Andronicus' and 'The Beggar's Opera'.

Saoirse Ronan (Eleanor)

Saoirse (pronounced "sear-sha") Ronan is probably best known for her starring role in the feature film Atonement, directed by Joe Wright, starring opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Ronan was 13 years old when she earned an Oscar nomination as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for the critically-acclaimed performance.

She will soon be seen in The Host, the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's popular novel. Ronan will star as the title character 'Melanie Stryder,' who fights daringly against aliens who have taken over Earth. The Host is scheduled for release by Open Road Films on March 29, 2013.

She is currently in production for How I Live Now, about an American girl who goes on holiday in the English countryside only to find herself fighting for her life as a war breaks out. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, Ronan will play the title role of Daisy opposite George MacKay, Tom Holland, and Harley Bird.

Ronan was most recently seen in 2010 starring in Focus Features' action-thriller Hanna, directed by Joe Wright. Ronan played the title character, a teenage girl trained from birth to be an assassin. The cast includes Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. She was also seen in The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess. Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz's novel, "The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom", the film tells the story of a small group of multi-national prisoners who escaped a Siberian gulag in 1940 and made their way across five countries.

In 2009, she starred in The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, and based on the popular novel. Ronan portrayed 'Susie Salmon' a young girl who is murdered and watches over her family. Ronan was honored for the performance by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the Leading Actress category.

Among her previous credits are Violet & Daisy, City of Ember, starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, and Toby Jones; Amy Heckerling's I Could Never Be Your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd; Bill Clark's The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, and Gillian Armstrong's Death Defying Acts, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce.

Ronan currently resides in Ireland with her parents Monica and Paul.

Sam Riley (Darvell)

Sam Riley is currently filming Disney's Maleficent, in which he stars alongside Angelina Jolie in the title role. Sam takes the role of "Diaval".

Sam's upcoming films include the highly anticipated On The Road, directed by Walter Salles and adapted from the seminal novel by Jack Kerouac. Sam plays the lead role of "Sal" in a cast that includes Viggo Mortensen and Kristin Stewart. The film was selected for competition at The Cannes Film Festival of 2012.

February 2011 saw the release of the gangster thriller Brighton Rock, based on the novel by Graham Green. Sam takes the lead role of "Pinkie". This feature is directed and adapted for the screen by Rowan Joffe. The film also stars Helen Mirren and John Hurt.

Sam made his debut as a leading actor in Control, a film by Anton Corbijn. His extraordinary performance earned him many awards, including Best Actor at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Newcomer Award at the British Independent Film Awards, the British Breakthrough Award at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards 2008 and a BAFTA Orange Rising Star 2008 nomination. The film won the Directors' Fortnight Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

His other credits include leading roles in 13 Tzameti directed by Gela Balbuni and co-starring Mickey Rourke, and Franklyn directed by Gerald McMorrow and co-starring Eva Green and Ryan Phillippe. Sam has also appeared in German language films, including a cameo role in Rubble Die Katz.

Jonny Lee Miller (Ruthven)

Jonny Lee Miller has been recognized for his work in feature films, on television and on the stage. In 2011, Miller starred in the world premiere of 'Frankenstein' a new play based on Mary Shelley's classic story, presented at London's National Theatre under the direction of Danny Boyle. Miller won an Olivier and Evening Standard Award for his performance, shared with Benedict Cumberbatch with whom he alternated in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

Later this year, he will star as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS series "Elementary", a contemporary take on the famous detective, with Lucy Liu as Watson. Miller was most recently seen in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows opposite Johnny Depp.

Miller first gained international attention with his performance as the drug-addicted punk Sick Boy in Danny Boyle's drama Trainspotting, with Ewan McGregor. He more recently starred in the true-life drama The Flying Scotsman, receiving Scottish BAFTA Award and London Film Critics Circle Award nominations for his portrayal of the innovative but troubled racing cyclist Graeme Obree. His additional film credits include Alan Rudolph's Afterglow, Gillies MacKinnon's Behind the Lines, Plunkett & Macleane, Mansfield Park, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, and ├ćon Flux.

On television, Miller had a memorable multi-episode arc on Showtime's hit series "Dexter", and shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination as a member of the show's 2010 cast. He also starred for two seasons in the title role of the critically acclaimed ABC television series "Eli Stone". His other television work includes the miniseries "Dead Man's Walk", based on the Larry McMurtry novel, such BBC projects as the four-part adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma", the miniseries "Canterbury Tales", and the telefilm "Byron", and the Emmy nominated "Endgame", which premiered on PBS.

Miller made his Broadway debut in 2009 in 'After Miss Julie', opposite Sienna Miller. His theatre work also includes the West End productions of 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me', 'Feston', and 'The Play What I Wrote'.

Daniel Mays (Noel)

Daniel Mays trained at RADA. Early career credits include Pearl Harbour and Mike Leigh's films All or Nothing and Vera Drake. Further prolific feature film credits include Joe Wright's Atonement, The Bank Job, Shifty, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards in 2008, Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang, Made in Dagenham, Welcome to the Punch, and Steven Spielberg's forthcoming The Adventures of Tintin.

Daniel's numerous and prolific television credits include the leading role of Ronnie Biggs in "Mrs Biggs" for ITV which he has recently finished filming, Antonia Bird's "Rehab", for which he was subsequently awarded Best Actor at the Palmare-Reims Television Festival in 2004, "Half Broken Things", Abi Morgan's BAFTA award-winning drama "White Girl", "Red Riding", "The Street", "Treasure Island", "Doctor Who" and series lead roles in "Funland", "Plus One", the final series of "Ashes to Ashes" and "Outcasts" for BBC. Most recently, Daniel has filmed the leading role of Eddie in Tony Marchant's new three-part drama "Public Enemies", due to be screened on BBC later this year.

Leading theatre credits include Patsy in Jez Butterworth's 'The Winterling' and Danny in Simon Stephens' 'Motortown', roles that were created by both playwrights specifically for Daniel, both for the Royal Court Theatre. Further recent credits include 'Scarborough' also for the Royal Court and most recently, the role of Jake in Bijan Sheibani's production of Harold Pinter's play 'Moonlight' at the Donmar Warehouse.

Caleb Landry Jones (Frank)

Caleb Landry Jones co-starred opposite James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult in Fox's summer blockbuster X-Men: First Class. Caleb's other film credits include, Summer Song, a NY Times praised performance in The Last Exorcism as well as a role in the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men. Most recently, he co-starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in Universal/Working Title's box office hit Contraband.

He recently starred in Antiviral which premiered at this year's Cannes festival, opposite Sarah Gadon and Malcolm McDowell. Antiviral is Brandon Cronenberg's directorial debut. Next up, Caleb will star in five time Academy Award nominee John Boorman's long gestating passion project Broken Dream opposite John Hurt.

One of Hollywood's emerging young talents, Caleb was recently featured in the "Young Hollywood" issues of both VMAN and Teen Vogue. Caleb was recently listed by Yahoo's The A List as one of the "Five Actors to Watch in 2012", Screencave's "Ten to Watch in 2012" as well as The Wrap's "Breakout Stars of 2012." He is currently the face of GSTAR.

Filmmaker Biographies

Neil Jordan (Director)

Academy Award winner Neil Jordan has been making celebrated films for four decades, directing some of the big screen's most iconic stars, including Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Michael Caine, Robert de Niro, Liam Neeson, Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Irons, Jodi Foster and Julia Roberts.

Neil's acclaimed reputation as director and distinguished screenwriter is reflected in the awards success his films have enjoyed around the globe. Highlights include Mona Lisa (1986), which was nominated for the prestigious Palme D'or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as multiple nominations at the BAFTA & Golden Globe ceremonies the following year.

The Crying Game (1992) garnered many award nominations for writing and direction, including an Academy Award nomination for best direction and BAFTA nominations for best direction, screenplay and film. The film won the WGA Award for best screenplay, BAFTA award for best British film, and the Academy Award for best screenplay in 1993.

The End of the Affair (1999), which Neil adapted from Graham Greene's novel, won the BAFTA for best adapted screenplay in 2000, as well as being nominated for best film and best direction. It was also nominated for best director at the Golden Globe Awards the same year.

Other notable films include Interview with the Vampire (1994); Michael Collins (1996), which one the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival; The End of the Affair (1999); and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).

In 2003, The Irish Film and Television Awards awarded Neil their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Most recently Neil created Showtime's acclaimed mini-series "The Borgias". Now in its second series, he has written and directed multiple episodes, and was nominated at the 2011 Emmy Awards for Outstanding directing in a Drama Series.

Moira Buffini (Writer)

Moira's writing career began in theatre, with her award-winning play 'Gabriel' in 1997. Other work for the stage includes 'Blavatsky's Tower' (1997), which Moira also directed, and 'Silence' (1999). Moira's success continued into the next decade, with 'Loveplay' (2001) commissioned by the RSC and 'Dinner' (2003), commissioned by the National Theatre.

In 2008 Moira penned 'A Vampire Story' for the National Theatre Connections Festival. Producer Stephen Woolley saw a production of this play, and began conversations to adapt the play for the screen and so Byzantium came to fruition.

Moira's other film work includes an adaption of Jane Eyre (2011) starring Mia Wasikowska and Tamara Drewe (2010) starring Gemma Arterton.

Moira's most recent play was 'Welcome To Thebes' (2010) at the National Theatre, directed by Richard Eyre. She is currently adapting The Dig for BBC Films, and The Night Circus for Heyday Films. She continues to write for the theatre and is about to direct her first short film.

Stephen Woolley (Producer)

Stephen Woolley was born in London and began his career selling tickets and ice cream at the art house cinema Screen on the Green in Islington in 1976. From his own rep cinema The Scala he launched Palace Video in 1982 in partnership with Nik Powell and a year later they established a theatrical arm, acquiring, marketing and distributing some 250 independent and European movies from The Evil Dead, and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence to When Harry Met Sally.

During this period Woolley's producing career flourished, with a diverse range of critically acclaimed and successful films including Absolute Beginners, Golden Globe nominated dance comedy Shag, and Scandal which attracted critical acclaim and box office success on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1983 Woolley's long-term partnership with director Neil Jordan began with The Company of Wolves; he went on to produce the multi Oscar-nominated trio The End of The Affair, Michael Collins, Mona Lisa and Interview With The Vampire, as well as the Oscar-winning The Crying Game, for which Woolley was nominated for an , Academy Award® and was awarded Producer of The Year by the Producer's Guild of America.

In 2002 he co-founded Number 9 Films with long time collaborator and producing partner Elizabeth Karlsen, and in 2005 Woolley made his directorial debut with Stoned. His recent projects as producer with Elizabeth Karlsen have included And When Did You Last See Your Father? starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth; How To Lose Friends & Alienate People starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, and Jeff Bridges; Sounds Like Teen Spirit and Perrier's Bounty starring Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent. Most recently Made in Dagenham starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson was nominated for 4 BAFTA awards, including Best British Film.

Forthcoming Number 9 releases for 2012 include an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations by acclaimed writer David Nicholls (One Day), starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); released in Winter 2012.

Films in development include an adaptation of Lissa Evans' Their Finest Hour and a Half by Gaby Chiappe, Jane Goldman's (The Woman in Black, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass,) adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, and Peter Straughan's (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People) adaptation of John Crowley's Great Work of Time. Emmy-nominated Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) has scripted Carol based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt which will shoot early 2013 and will star Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska.

A member of the American Academy for twenty years, this year Woolley will Chair the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Committee, having previously served on the BAFTA Film Committee for a decade, chairing half that time.

Alan Moloney (Producer)

Dublin born Alan Moloney is a film and television producer. He established the award winning Parallel Film Productions in Dublin in 1993. The company is now a market leader in feature film and television drama in Ireland and the UK.

Most recently, Alan produced Albert Nobbs, the critically acclaimed drama starring Glenn Close, which received multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in 2012. Alan also served as co-executive producer on the action thriller Haywire, starring Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Douglas.

For television, Alan was most recently Executive Producer for several TV movies for a variety of international broadcasters, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" directed by Steve Barron and starring Eddie Izzard as the infamous "Long John Silver" along with Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood and "Neverland,"a prequel to the classic, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan directed by Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man), starring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Bob Hoskins. "Treasure Island" has been nominated in two categories at this year's Emmy Awards.

Over the past fifteen years Alan has produced such diverse films as John Crowley's stunning directorial debut Intermission (2003 -- Best Film, IFTA) starring Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell, Neil Jordan's Golden Globe nominated Breakfast on Pluto (2005) starring Cillian Murphy (Golden Globe nominee, best actor), Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea and the hugely acclaimed Beckett on Film (2003 -- Peabody Award, South Bank Award) for which Alan and Michael Colgan of Dublin's Gate Theatre produced film versions of the 19 stage plays of Samuel Beckett. Amongst the film directors that took part in the project were Oscar award winner Anthony Minghella, David Mamet, Atom Egoyan and iconic artist Damien Hirst. Actors included Kristen Scott Thomas, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Irons, John Gielgud, Michael Gambon, John Hurt amongst many others.

In 2006 Alan worked with Harold Pinter when he again joined forces with Michael Colgan to produce a TV adaptation of the stage play Celebration, directed by John Crowley and starring Michael Gambon, Colin Firth, Sophie Okonedo. In 2007 he produced Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten directed by Julien Temple (British Independent Film Awards -- best documentary). In the same year he also produced The Escapist, a prison escape thriller written and directed by Rupert Wyatt which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival starring Joe Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Damian Lewis and Brian Cox (British Independent film awards -- best achievement in production) and Ian Fitzgibbon's first feature film A Film With Me In It which starred Dylan Moran.

In 2009 he produced Triage starring Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee directed by the Academy Award winning director Danis Tanovic. He also produced the movie Perrier's Bounty directed by Fitzgibbon, starring Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson. Both films had their world Premieres at the Toronto International Film festival September '09 and were released in 2010.

Alan has been responsible for numerous TV dramas in Ireland and the UK including the hugely popular "Kingdom"(2005- 2009) - Executive Producer, "The Clinic" (2003 - 2009) -- Executive Producer, "Sinners"(2002) Producer, "Amongst Women"(1999) -- Executive Producer (BAFTA and RTS nominee and winner best TV drama at BAMFF, best TV drama IFTA), "Ballykissangel"(series 1- 6) -- Executive Producer, amongst others.

Elizabeth Karlsen (Producer)

Elizabeth Karlsen co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 after a long collaboration together under the Palace Pictures and Scala Productions banners. There Elizabeth co-produced Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, nominated for six Academy Awards, and produced Mark Herman's Little Voice, which was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award® and six British Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

At Number 9, Elizabeth's credits include Ladies In Lavender, an international box office hit, starring Maggie Smith and Judie Dench; Mrs. Harris starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and was nominated for a total of 12 Emmy, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Producer's Guild of America Award and for which she was also the recipient of the Women's Image Network Award. Anand Tucker's And When Did You Last See Your Father?, scripted by David Nicholls, starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, which was selected by Edinburgh, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and nominated for 7 British Independent Film Awards; How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, the box office hit adaptation of Toby Young's memoir starring Simon Pegg; and the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit directed by Jamie J Johnson. The latest productions include Made In Dagenham directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace) starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike and Miranda Richardson.

Great Expectations, adapted by David Nicholls and directed by Mike Newell, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine will be released in Winter 2012.

Forthcoming Number 9 productions include Taichi Yamada's ghost novella Strangers, scripted by multi award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (The Eclipse, The Weir); an adaptation of Lissa Evans' Their Finest Hour and a Half by Gaby Chiappe; an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, X Men: First Class, Stardust); an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Carol (aka The Price of Salt) to be directed by John Crowley ('Boy A'), scripted by Emmy-nominated Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) and to star Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska which will start shooting early 2013.

Elizabeth was profiled by Broadcast in their Power List of ten female producers and directors and was selected as one of sixteen women to take part in the Marie Claire/Prince's Trust 'Inspire and Mentor' campaign. She has served on the board of EM Media, as chair for Bird's Eye View and as a patron for Housing for Women.

William D. Johnson (Producer)

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, William Johnson followed family tradition and went to work on Wall Street. His father, Charles Johnson, is the founder of Franklin Templeton Mutual Funds. After 25 years as a successful retail broker and money manager, Johnson then turned his attention to the entertainment business. He partnered in 2011 with Sam Englebardt and Michael Lambert of Lambert Media Group to form Demarest Films, a financing and production company that applies a disciplined asset management approach to film financing. Johnson has produced and/or financed several films in the past two years, including Byzantium, Joseph Ruben's Penthouse North, and David Rosenthal's A Single Shot, in addition to the forthcoming A Most Wanted Man, from acclaimed director Anton Corbijn, and Robert Luketic's Paranoia.

Samuel Englebardt (Producer)

Sam Englebardt is a founding partner of Demarest Films, a finance and production company specializing in gap loans and preferred equity investments for film and television projects. In addition to Byzantium, Demarest is currently shooting Robert Luketic's Paranoia, starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman and is in pre-production on an adaptation of John Le Carre's A Most Wanted Man, to be directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams. In addition to Demarest, Sam is also a partner and managing director at Lambert Media Group, an investment firm with holdings in several media and entertainment companies, including Rave Cinemas, Cinedigm, Village Roadshow Pictures, Concord Music Group and a number of early-stage technology companies. Sam is an experienced film producer and a licensed attorney in the state of California. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Redmond Morris (Co-producer)

Redmond Morris began his career in Ireland. His interest in film had been fuelled by a family connection with director John Ford.

On moving to London he worked as location manager on films such as John Schlesinger's Yanks, Michael Apted's Agatha and Warren Beatty's Reds.

Following many films as production manager including Gorky Park, he was Associate Producer on the Bill Douglas film Comrades, and then on the Phil Collins film Buster.

Scandal was the beginning of a collaboration with Stephen Woolley and Palace Pictures. Returning to Ireland, Redmond began an association with Neil Jordan for whom he produced The Miracle. Having been Associate Producer on the Vincent Ward film Map Of The Human Heart, he worked with Jordan again as assistant director on The Crying Game.

He co-produced Interview With The Vampire, Michael Collins and In Dreams and produced The Butcher Boy, all directed by Neil Jordan.

These were followed by The Affair Of The Necklace, directed by Charles Shyer and Conor McPherson's The Actors.

He was executive producer on the Robert Towne directed Ask The Dust, starring Colin Farrell, and co-produced the Ken Loach Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes The Barley. This was followed by Notes On A Scandal, produced by Scott Rudin.

Redmond received a BAFTA and Academy Award Nomination as a producer of The Reader. Most recently, Redmond served as producer on international television series "Neverland". Byzantium reunites Redmond with both Neil Jordan and Stephen Woolley.

Sean Bobbitt B.S.C. (Director of Photography)

Sean began his career as a news cameraman in the early 1980s working with the American Networks covering the major hotspots of the world. He then went on to shoot documentaries working with such directors as Angus McQueen, Nick Read and Jonathan Miller, and companies such as Brook Lapping.

In the late 90's Sean began shooting drama for both film and television and in 1999 shot Wonderland for Michael Winterbottom. Other film credits include The Situation directed by Philip Haas, starring Damian Lewis and Connie Neilson; The Baker directed by Gareth Lewis, starring Damian Lewis, and Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution for director Billie Eltringham starring Iain Glenn and Catherine Tate.

In 2008 he shot Director Steve McQueen's debut feature Hunger, which garnered huge critical acclaim and won, amongst others, the prestigious Camera d'Or at Cannes. Sean also won a BIFA Technical Achievement Award for his work. Sean has collaborated with Steve on several art installations including his 2009 Venice Biennale piece, 'GIARDINI'.

Television credits include such award winning dramas as "Sense And Sensibility" (for which Sean was Emmy-nominated for Best Cinematography), "The Long Firm" (for which he received a BAFTA Nomination for Best Photography), "Canterbury Tales" (for which he won an RTS Award for Best Photography), and "Unforgiven" for director David Evans.

2010 was a particularly busy year for Sean, which saw him re-team with Michael Winterbottom on both Seven Days and The Killer Inside Me. That same year, Sean also shot Africa United and Hysteria, a romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Sean reunited with Steve McQueen on Shame starring Michael Fassbender and, most recently, Twelve Years A Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt. Sean also completed Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.

Tony Lawson A.C.E (Editor)

Tony's first jobs within the industry were in small documentary companies, allowing him the opportunity to be introduced to every aspect of production, from coiling sound cables to camera loader to assisting the editor.

Tony moved into feature films as an assistant editor and had the opportunity to work with such legendary directors as John Huston, Ronnie Neame, David Lean, Robert Bolt, Charles Crichton and Robert Aldrich.

His career as editor began on The Straw Dogs, directed by Sam Peckinpah. The editor left the project whilst some promotional materials were being put together and Sam asked Tony to finish the piece. The director liked the result and Tony continued as an editor on the film.

Since then, Tony has worked for a range of aclaimed directors, including including Stanley Kubrick (Barry Lyndon), Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing, Eureka, Castaway, Insignificance), Sam Peckinpah (The Straw Dogs, Cross of Iron), Roger Donaldson (The Bounty, Marie), Dusan Makavejev (Manifesto) and, most recently, Neil Jordan (Michael Collins, The End of the Affair and The Butcher Boy).

Byzantium is the tenth film that Tony has edited for Neil, a successful and enduring collaboration.

Tony believes a film editor is first and foremost a storyteller searching for the most appropriate and efficient way to reveal the story. It's about linking ideas so that they lead naturally from one to another, making scenes change and flow in a seemingly obvious, yet unexpected way.

Susie Figgis (Casting Director)

Susie Figgis has been in the industry for over 3 decades and has worked on a plethora of award winning films including Jane Campion's The Piano, Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans and Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. Figgis has worked repeatedly with many critically acclaimed directors including: Tim Burton on 5 projects including Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Neil Jordan on over 10 projects including Interview with a Vampire and The Crying Game; Mike Figgis on Love Live Long and The Browning Version; Stephen Frears on 3 projects including Bloody Kids; Richard Eyre on a handful of films including Laughterhouse; Ken Loach on a couple of projects including Land and Freedom. She has also worked with Todd Haynes, Fernando Meirelles, Julien Temple, Steven Soderbergh and has collaborated with Mike Newell on Prince of the Persia: Sands of Time, Love in the time of Cholera, An Awfully Big Adventure and Enchanted April.

Most recently, Figgis has worked on Mike Newell's Great Expectations, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, Declan Donnellan's Bel Ami, Florian Henckel von Donnersmark's The Tourist and preliminary lead casting on Rupert Sander's Snow White and the Huntsman.

Simon Elliott (Production Designer)

Simon Elliott's career has gone from strength to strength. He has worked on a diverse range of feature projects including Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady; Suzannah White's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang; cult favourite, John Landis' Burke and Hare; and Sarah Gavron's adaptation of the much loved novel Brick Lane

His television career has been equally successful having worked with several esteemed directors including Tom Vaughan, Brian Percival, Michael Offer and Justin Chadwick. His design for "Bleak House" was also recognised worldwide, winning him the BAFTA and an Emmy nomination.

Simon's most recent material can be seen next in Dan Mazer's feature debut I Give it a Year for Working Title Films.

Javier Navarrete (Music By)

Javier Navarrete was born in 1956 in Teruel (Spain). After studyng with Chilean composer Gabriel Brncic he became involved in avantgarde performances and electronic music reasearch. In the 80's he made a duet of keyboards with internationally known composer Alberto Iglesias. In 1986 he wrote his first film, a horror cult movie called In a Glass Cage. He also wrote some compositions for spanish ballet companies and for multimedia events like the Universal Exposition of Sevilla in 92 and the Olympic Games in Barcelona 92.

Most of his musical outcome is in form of scores for feature films. In 2007, he received an Oscar nomination for his music for Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.

Javier Navarrete has collaborated with the group Dead can Dance of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, and had a sporadic and pleasent collaboration with mythic singer Iggy Pop.

Javier moved to Los Angeles in 2007, and he has collaborated with the Catgut Trio for the production and premiere of 'The Wooden Bridge on the Ider River', and with Kate Conklin and Sahar Javedani in the production of the musical play 'Recreational Science', based on a text by spanish composer Victor Nubla. Since then, his activity as a film composer has expanded also to American movies.

In 2012 Javier received an Emmy nomination (Outstanding Music Composition for a Series) for HBO's "Hemingway and Gellhorn."

Consolata Boyle (Costumer Designer)

Consolata Boyle's varied film credits include Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Richard Eyre's The Other Man, David McKenzie's Asylum, Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes, David Mamet's The Winslow Boy, and Mike Newell's Into the West. She has collaborated with Stephen Frears six times, designing costumes for Tamara Drewe, Cheri, The Queen, Mary Reilly, The Van and The Snapper.

Her television credits include Richard Loncraine's "The Special Relationship", Thaddeus O'Sullivan's "Into the Storm", and Andrei Konchalovsky's "The Lion in Winter", all of which received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Consolata gained Academy and BAFTA nominations for her work on The Queen, for which she also won a CDG Award. She received an Emmy Award and a CDG nomination in 2003 for her work on "The Lion in Winter", as well as also earning four Irish Film and Television Awards for The Iron Lady, Cheri, The Queen and Angela's Ashes, and a further two nominations for Pat Murphy's Nora and Tamara Drewe.

Lynn Johnston (Key Make-up Artist)

Lynn Johnston grew up in Dublin. She was drawn to the art of make-up because of the way it can transform a person's appearance. She began her film industry apprenticeship in 1990 working on Alan Parker's The Commitments and continued as a make-up assistant working in Irish film and television as well as international films shooting in Ireland. Within a decade she was designing make-ups of her own.

In 2003, she was nominated for an Irish Film & Television award in the Hair & Make-up category for John Crowley's Intermission & went on to receive an award from IFTA in 2007 for Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto and again in 2012 for Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Other features include James Marsh's Shadow Dancer (Key Make-Up), Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Make-Up Designer), and Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (Prosthetic Make-Up).

Orla Carroll (Key Hairdresser)

Orla Carroll has worked extensively on film and stage productions. Key film projects include The Guard, Ondine, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Troy, The Tailor of Panama, Evita and Braveheart. Acting as personal hairdresser to Eva Green, Orla has worked with her on Dark Shadows, Perfect Sense and Womb, as well as television drama "Camelot". Theatre work includes 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'The Seagull' at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and 'Madame Butterfly' at the Gaiety Theatre. Orla is currently working on 300: Battle of Artemisia.

Lorraine Glynn (Key Hairdresser)

Lorraine Glynn has worked and trained as a hairdresser in the film industry for nearly 20 years. She has worked on many notable period dramas, including Bloody Sunday for director Paul Greengrass, Marie Antionette for director Sophia Coppola, and Albert Nobbs for Rodrigo Garcia. Most recently, Lorraine has created the looks for characters on All is by my Side, John Ridley's drama about Jimi Hendricks.

 

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