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Living & the Dead

Directed by Simon Rumley
United Kingdom, 2006, 82 minutes
Cast: Leo Bill, Roger Lloyd Pack, Kate Fahy, Sarah Ball

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9mDpikhqU0

Saturday, August 11 - 7:00pm at Roxie Film Center

Tuesday, August 14 - 5:15pm at Roxie Film Center


"Although it will probably be pigeon-holed as a horror, I see it more as a tragedy, since all of the storyline's most gruesome twists come from the central character's desire for unconditional love."
- Simon Rumley

Rumley's multi-award winning The Living and the Dead is a stylistic tour de force that details the harrowing decay of a family dynasty. Set in the magnificent but decrepit Longleigh House in modern-day England, the film follows the grim fortunes of the aristocratic, impoverished and reclusive Brocklebank family.

When Lady Nancy Brocklebank (Kate Fahy) is taken seriously ill, husband Donald (Roger Lloyd Pack) is forced to leave the estate to negotiate the sale of the family home. The family nurse, Mary (Sarah Ball), is left in charge - a fact their mentally challenged son, James (Leo Bill), resents. Attempting to prove himself as a responsible adult, James locks Nurse Mary out of the house and starts caring for his mother. While Nancy's condition worsens, James finds he can no longer distinguish between reality and nightmare - and a genuine living nightmare begins for everyone concerned.

Preceded by: The Handyman
Directed by Simon Rumley
United Kingdom, 2006, 15 minutes
Cast: Greta Scacchi, Bill Sage

Julia is a spinster on an isolated farm who advertises for a handyman to help her with the upkeep of her property. Itinerant Caleb gets the job and settles into life on the farm when news arrives that a serial killer is on the loose. Best Short Film winner at the Sitges Film Festival.

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