Byzantium is a 2012 British-Irish fantasy/horror thriller film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Jonny Lee Miller. The story concerns a mother and daughter vampire duo who move into a rundown hotel while hiding out from other vampires. The film begins with an old man picking up a discarded note dropped by teenage vampire Eleanor Webb (Saoirse Ronan), who has taken to writing her life story, but then throwing the individual pages to the wind. Realising what she is, the old man invites Eleanor to his house and tells her his life story, before explaining that he is ready for death. Eleanor kills him with a talon grown from her right thumbnail and consumes his blood. Elsewhere, Eleanor's mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton), is chased from the strip club where she has been working by a member of the vampiric Brotherhood named Werner (Thure Lindhardt). Werner subdues Clara and forces her to take him back to Clara and Eleanor's apartment. He demands to know where Eleanor is. Clara decapitates Werner with a garrote, sets fire to the apartment and leaves town with her daughter.