Blood and Bone China
'It is 1897 and a city is in turmoil; poor souls are being taken, vanishing
without a trace. When the local doctor disappears, word travels to his
brother, a young country vet by the name of Newlyn Howell. Spurred
on to discover the macabre truth by the enigmatic Alexander Pyre,
Newlyn stumbles into a twisted web of deception, murder...
and villainous vampires.'
Blood and Bone China is a feature length Gothic Victorian vampire film that has been
broadcast on the internet in 12 bite-sized chunks. It was created and directed by
award winning film-maker Chris Stone and set and shot in Chris' home town of Stoke-
On-Trent. 'Blood and Bone China' has been made as part of the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival and stars a wealth of up and coming local talent, including 'Hollyoaks' actress
Rachel Shenton as journalist Anna Fitzgerald.
The story of Blood and Bone China was partly inspired by a vampire related death that
took place in Stoke-on-Trent in 1972. Inside the Gothic mansion that is number 3, The
Villas, a man feared for his life. He held an absolute belief that vampires were real and had
filled his room with tokens and talismans to stave off the demonic creatures. After going
missing, his landlady called the police who broke down the door to his room. He was found
lying in bed; he had choked to death on garlic.
Director Chris Stone was allowed access to the original police files and photographs
relating to the case. For authenticity, the production used the actual locations where the
real events happened and the film even features a cameo from the grandson of the landlady
that discovered the body. Chris Stone has also produced an 18-minute documentary called
'The Vampire of the Villas', which explores this infamous Stoke legend and the troubling
and devastating effects that vampire folklore can have on us all.
The title theme for Blood and Bone China, 'Goodbye Happiness' is by Midlands based Steampunk band Birthrite. Check out more of their music on their website.
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