This documentary examines the complex life of one of
Ireland’s most elusive novelists - Bram Stoker
- and the bizarre parallels between the writer himself
and that of his most famous creation, the greatest vampire
of them all, Count Dracula.
Double meanings and double identities abound in Dracula,
as they did throughout the life of its author. In creating
the world’s most famous vampire, Stoker was able
to unburden himself of his early childhood fantasies
and to explore his confused sexuality. The nine main
characters in Dracula reflect not only Stoker’s
life and times, but his own secret thoughts: the novel
is almost a coded Victorian diary.
When he died, not a single obituary mentioned his most
famous work today it has been translated into over fifty
languages and Count Dracula has become the most filmed
fictional character in movie history.
Dracula’s Bram Stoker finally breaks the coded
silence that surrounds the creator of one of literature’s
most chilling and unforgettable characters and gives
a unique understanding of the warring elements in his
nature and sexuality that led him to write this masterpiece
of the Gothic horror novel.
Director: Sinead O'Brien
Producers: Noel Pearson, AnneMarie Naughton
The documentary includes interviews with film
director Neil Jordan, Senator David Norris, actors Donald
Sinden and Christopher Lee, historian Roy Foster, writers,
authors and members of the Dracula Organisation and the
Bram Stoker Society.