I AM DRACULA

By Ryan EDDLESTON

SERAPHIM PICTURES - as PROD

True Story - Development 2016

Conversations with the living relatives of the historical Dracula, Vlad the Impaler

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • True Story, Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, ROMANIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, ROMANIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ryan EDDLESTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Daniel LYDDON (SERAPHIM PICTURES), James MORGAN (SERAPHIM PICTURES)
    • Synopsis
    • Dracula. The name invokes the same common images: coffins, crucifixes, sharp fangs, blood. In literature, film and television the man as a monster has seduced people all over the world with his story of murder and blood lust. Whilst it is well-known that Bram Stoker based his fictional Count on a Fifteenth Century Romanian prince, what happened to the Dracula line afterwards is unclear. Among the people in Romania cashing in on the Dracula dollar there are some who claim to be the descendants of the historical vampire. Though no direct lineage is known to exist, how close can we get to the bloodline of the original Count Dracula?

      I am Dracula investigates the history and bloodline of the real Dracula, Wladislaus “Ţepeş” (“The Impaler”) Drakulya, a “voivode” or elected-prince who ruled Transylvania in the Fifteenth-Century. The documentary concerns itself with two families that claim ancestry from the “Draculesti”: primarily that of Princess Brianna Caradja and of celebrated neuroscientist Professor Constantin Bălăceanu-Stolnici, both in Romania. Whilst exploring the lineage of both parties the documentary will also question whether the bloodline is more important than the name, and whether lineage outranks heritage.

      Genealogical historians have proved that Dracula's two direct lines of ancestry – one Hungarian, one Romanian – both died out by the end of the Seventeenth Century; a third, indirect female line can be traced for a further century, but there are no direct descendants from there onwards.

      Indirect or unrecognised, I am Dracula explores what it is like to be associated with the name and history of Vlad the Impaler; what it means personally, and within the wider scope of a world in which Dracula is both familial and famous.
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