Plot: A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must
leave Longleigh House for London to find a way to pay for the medical treatments for his
wife Nancy. Alone, his over-protected, delusional, adult son, James, fancies himself in
charge of the manor house with his terminally ill mother, and barricades the two of them
into the house for a series of ever more panicked home treatments, mistakenly protecting
her from the arrival of Nurse Mary and any outside help.
Cast: Roger Lloyd-Pack, Leo Bill, Kate Fahy, Sarah Ball, Neil Conrich
Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Simon Rumley
Official Site: simonrumley.com/features/latd
TLA Releasing has secured non-theatrical and home video rights for the United States to
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (2006, United Kingdom) written and directed by Simon Rumley.
The film is currently playing in theaters and will be released on March 25, 2008 through the
company’s Danger After Dark label. TLA acquired the film from Imagination Worldwide, LLC;
TLA Releasing was represented by TLA partner and Director of Acquisitions Richard A.
Wolff and the deal was negotiated by Travis Stevens, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing,
Imagination Worldwide, LLC. In what Time Out New York calls “a truly haunted movie,” THE
LIVING AND THE DEAD turns its lens on Lord Donald and Lady Nancy Brocklebank (Roger
Lloyd Pack and Kate Fahey), who live in the magnificent but decrepit Longleigh House with
their mentally challenged son James (Leo Bill).
While Donald is in negotiations to sell the home, Nancy becomes seriously ill so he must
leave the estate for a few days in order to pay for her operation. The father requests the
family nurse to take control while he is gone, but James wants to prove that he is an adult
and more then capable of taking care of his mom, so he quickly locks the nurse out of the
house. He begins to mix his own medication with his mother’s and as the stress of looking
after an ailing patient begins to build, James condition worsens; setting off a chain of
events both chilling and disturbing. “TLA Releasing is a fiercely independent company and
has easily defied categorization,” said writer/director Simon Rumley. “I'm very excited
about TLA's imminent release of my film and hope that it’s the beginning of a mutually
rewarding, beneficial working relationship!”
LIVING AND THE DEAD has played at film festivals all over the world, winning multiple
awards including Best Film at the 2007 Austin Fantastic Fest and a Special Jury Mention at
2007 Sitges Int. Film Festival. The film opened October 26, 2007 in New York, sparking
Salon.com to tag the film as“ part neo-gothic horror, part empathetic schizoid freak-out,
The Living and the Dead suggests an unlikely cross between Spider and Requiem for a
Dream.” Rumley is currently working on adapting author Poppy Z. Brite’s popular, horror
novel Exquisite Corpse, a New Orleans set adventure about a gay serial killer who finally
meets his match.
Online since: February 20th, 2006