A family facing myriad disasters is forced to confront one in the form of their own son in this harrowing psychological drama from British filmmaker Simon Rumley
. Donald Brocklebank (Roger Lloyd Pack
) is a former British nobleman who has lost his peerage, and with it his fortune. The Brocklebank estate has fallen into disrepair, Donald's wife, Nancy (Kate Fahy
), is suffering from an advanced case of cancer that makes nearly any effort an agony, and their son, James (Leo Bill
), is a manic depressive with violent tendencies and the mind of a child. Only an operation that Donald cannot afford will save Nancy's life, so he has made plans to sell the estate in order to pay for the surgery and her subsequent care. However, Donald has to travel out of town for several days in order to complete the details of the sale. He has arranged for Mary (Sarah Ball), a nurse who has worked for the family before, to care for his wife while he's away, but Donald is forced to leave before Mary arrives. Determined to show his father that he's a responsible adult, James announces he'll be "looking after Mummy," locks Mary out of the house, disconnects the telephone, and stages a minor siege as Mary is determined to save Nancy's life. Nancy slowly slips into a panic as her brutal and incompetent son nearly claims her life, and matters become uglier when Mary contacts the police about the situation at the Brocklebank mansion. The Living and the Dead
won the Jury Award in five categories (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor) at the 2006 Austin Fantastic Fest.