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Terror by good intentions.
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A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must leave Longleigh... See more » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Leo Bill ... James Brocklebank

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Donald Brocklebank
Kate Fahy ... Nancy Brocklebank
Sarah Ball ... Nurse Mary
Neil Conrich ... Policeman
Richard Wills-Cotton ... nurse Mike
Alan Perrin ... nurse Bob
Richard Syms ... Vicar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilary Hodsman ... Auntie Pat

Directed by
Simon Rumley 
 
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Simon Rumley 

Produced by
Mark Foligno .... executive producer
Elliot Grove .... executive producer
Paris Leonti .... line producer (as Barry Leonti)
Steve Milne .... executive producer
Nick O'Hagan .... producer
Simon Rumley .... producer
Carl Schönfeld .... co-producer
Uday Tiwari .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Chester 
 
Cinematography by
Milton Kam 
 
Film Editing by
Benjamin Putland 
 
Casting by
Joyce Nettles 
 
Production Design by
Will Field 
 
Art Direction by
Alasdair McKay 
 
Costume Design by
Alice Wolfbauer 
 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Fowler .... makeup designer (as Jackie Fowler)
Robin Pritchard .... special makeup technician
 
Production Management
Lucy Teire .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Downes .... second assistant director
Mick Ward .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Elliott Stallion .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Michael Kneafsey .... boom operator (as Mike Kneafsey)
Keith Tunney .... production sound mixer
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Brown .... sparks
Cherry Carmen .... assistant camera
Ewan Cassidy .... gaffer
Thomas English .... Steadicam operator
Alex Hudson .... key grip
Mihalis Margaritis .... focus puller
Susanne Salavati .... sparks (as Susanne Willett)
Annika Summerson .... sparks (as Annika Holm)
Brian Udoff .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vida Wolfbauer .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Dearnley .... digital intermediate technician
Connan McStay .... on-line editor
Nic Smith .... digital intermediate technician
Jonathan Yau .... assistant digital colorist
 
Other crew
Lucienne Browne .... production runner (as Lucie Phillips Browne)
Helene Oosthuizen .... script supervisor
Aidan Williams .... production assistant
Aidan Williams .... production coordinator
 
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Lulu O'Hagan .... special thanks
 

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Argentina:83 min | Germany:83 min (European Film Market)
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The film is dedicated to the memory of Sheila and David Rumley, parents of director Simon Rumley. Three months after his father had passed away from a heart attack, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She died three months later.See more »
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[first lines]
Donald Brocklebank:[answering phone] Hello? Hello? Yes, yes I know. No, I didn't know that. No, that's not good at all. No, she doesn't know. Hmm. Hmm. Exactly. Okay, goodbye.
James:They going to make it?
Donald Brocklebank:No, they're not.
James:Can I look after mummy this time.
Donald Brocklebank:I'm not going away.
James:But you always say that, you always do.
James:[knocking] Some one's at the door!
[starts running]
Donald Brocklebank:Stop James, I said stop!
[...]
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16 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Pointless, 12 November 2007
Author: Vantec from Canada

'The Living and the Dead' portrays the lives of a British noble, his wife and their adult son set in a spectacular country estate. The good days are long past. The estate is in disrepair and at risk of forfeiture, the wife bedridden most of the film and the son clinically psychotic. That sums up the bulk of what can be said with relative certainty about the plot.

The rest is a tumbling mash of conflicting alternate realities, displaced time-lines, hallucinatory visions and fast motion. Director/writer/producer Simon Rumley loves the fast motion. Leo Bill as the son spends much of the film at ten-fold speed, racing through vast expanses of interior, arms and face animated in a failed attempt to impart the viewer his perspective. It doesn't work, quickly growing tiresome and obvious. Rumley's so committed to the technique that clouds, the advancing sun, branches, vehicles, doctors and nurses eventually join the fray. Repeatedly. It's difficult to comprehend why since it has no bearing on the quiet desperation Rumley's grasping at, instead evoking the feel of an Eighties music video or a VW commercial.

It's symptomatic of the film's jettisoning coherency for atmosphere. The first half contradicts the back with no hint of resolution offered. The son proves more criminally insane than clinically yet no reason offered why he wasn't institutionalized. Early in the film when still portrayed as a happy idiot the father is constantly abusive and stern. Fatherly warmth doesn't appear until unconscionable acts are committed. The son roams free past the point any modern Western nation would have seen him incarcerated. We never know why. Likewise the rest of the plot is so artificial and bent to the requirements of intense moments all believability is lost and with it any concern for the characters. The one bright spot is Kate Fahy's terrific portrayal of the wife. She creates the few and fleeting scenes in which the film works as intended. Not content with these minor successes Rumley brushes them aside to make room for more mind-bending plot twists, snatching total failure from the jaws of mediocre success. A movie for the patient only.

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