CastLeo Bill (James Brocklebank), Roger Lloyd-Pack (Donald Brocklebank), Kate Fahy (Nancy Brocklebank), Sarah Ball (Nurse Mary), Neil Conrich (Policeman), Richard Wills-Cotton (Nurse Mike) Similar moviesDark Mirror (2007)
Donald Brocklebank (Roger Lloyd Pack) is a man of aristocratic background living in fear of bankruptcy in a country manor house. His wife, Nancy (Kate Fahy), is terminally ill and requires constant care, as does his schizophrenic son James (Leo Bill). When Donald leaves the two alone in a bid to solve their almost definite financial collapse, James's condition begins to worsen, believing he is able to look after his sick mother rather than nurse Mary (Sarah Ball) who was sent by Donald. He neglects taking his prescribed medicine and locks the nurse out of the house, leaving his mother with nothing to do but weep. James, believing that more medicine will make you better faster than the prescribed amount, force feeds his mother large quantities of her pills, nearly killing her.
Eventually, police make their way into the house, relieving Nancy of her son's care. Due to the medication overdose she has an emergency operation which seems to cure her of her previous ailments. James then goes on to begin hallucinating from not taking his medication, while Nancy recovers from her illness. In a fit of rage, James stabs his own mother to death, before stabbing and wounding his father. Shortly before Nancy's funeral, Donald passionately supports his son, provoking hostility from the rest of the family. At the funeral itself, James believes he has seen his mother and rushes over to hug her. In James' eyes, she then stabs her son several times, though everyone else sees James taking the knife he killed his mother with into his own stomach.
The film ends with Donald apparently bearing the same condition as his son, being cared for in his own home. He stabs one of the nurses, and is taken away.
Leo Bill as James Brocklebank
Roger Lloyd-Pack as Donald Brocklebank (as Roger Lloyd Pack)
Kate Fahy as Nancy Brocklebank
Sarah Ball as Nurse Mary
Neil Conrich as Policeman
Richard Wills-Cotton as nurse Mike
Alan Perrin as Nurse Bob
Richard Syms as Vicar
Hilary Hodsman as Auntie Pat
Critical reception for The Living and the Dead was mostly positive and the film currently holds a rating of 90% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 10 reviews.
Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Actor at the Fantastic Fest (2006, won - Leo Bill)
Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Director at the Fantastic Fest (2006, won)
Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Make-Up at the Fantastic Fest (2006, won)
Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Picture at the Fantastic Fest (2006, won)
Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Supporting Actress at the Fantastic Fest (2006, won - Kate Fahy)