Eatmybrians quoted on the new trailer for The Living and The Dead
22nd Mar 07
Yay! A new trailer has appeared for one of our favourite festival films of last year The Living and the Dead (we saw it back in August at FrightFest 2006), and not only is it pretty damn good, but it also features a quote from EMB! (”Amazing”!) Ok, so they may have got our name wrong (eatmybrians?! – eh?), but it’s great to see our name (almost spelt correctly) attached to such a powerful movie.
The trailer has been made by the film’s sales agents Imagination Worldwide who have posted it on their myspace site. Visit the site here or scroll below for the embedded clip.
The Living and The Dead was written and directed by Simon Rumley and stars Leo Bill, Roger Lloyd Pack (in a role far removed from Trigger), Kate Fahy and Sarah Bell. The film has appeared at 25 festivals worldwide, with it’s next screening taking place at the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) on April 12th and 15th.
It recently sold distribution rights to 13 territories (including Japan and Mexico) at the recent Berlin Film Festival and it won 5 Awards at last year’s Austin FantasticFest as well as receiving a special Jury Mention at Sitges.
Synopsis taken from the PFF website "A hallucinatory British gothic fantasia of death and psychological decay, this haunting film from director Simon Rumley explores the tormented relationship between a dying woman and her schizophrenic son.
Offering further evidence that the most disturbing and unsettling 'horror' films in contemporary cinema are works that fall just outside of any traditional definition of the genre, The Living and the Dead does not deal with any supernatural shocks, but rather the film confronts the greater horror of illness, psychological collapse and mortality.
An international festival favourite from Rotterdam to Montreal's Fantasia to Buenos Aires, this grim and haunting drama from young British filmmaker Simon Rumley marks the director as a definite talent to watch.
With increasingly nightmarish precision, Rumley's film chronicles the mental decay of James, as the schizophrenic young man is left to tend to his terminally ill mother, Nancy, in their crumbling English countryside estate. James' father must travel to London and entrusts Nancy's care to James and the matriarch's nurse -- unfortunately, James begins experimenting with his psychoactive medication and sinks into a hellish world of hallucination and paranoia, barring the nurse from the mansion and submitting his helpless mother to his madness.
Rumley deftly utilizes the decaying rural manor as an effectively labyrinthine visual metaphor for James' crumbling psychological state, and The Living and the Dead becomes a poignant and powerful portrait of insanity and humanity."
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