New blood for British horror in Cruel Britannia season

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The fourth film by Simon Rumley, enfant terrible of British horror, receives its UK TV premiere next month. Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack, The Living and the Dead screens as part of a Cruel Britannia season of horror premieres on the Horror Channel.

The 2006 film is about an aristocratic, poor and reclusive family who descend into madness and self-destruction. "The emotional context of the film is a truly horrific one and because of this I was also keen to make the film a truly disturbing experience, the reality of which I wouldn't wish on anyone," says Rumley.

His latest film, Red, White & Blue, a brutal twist on the revenge movie, is out this summer. It stars Noah Taylor, who is also in Submarine. In Rumley's film he plays a psychopath who is part of a love triangle. The director also got rave reviews for his short film Bitch, about a girl with a phobia of dogs. Part of the psycho-sexual horror anthology film Little Deaths, it screened at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas.

'The Living and the Dead' screens on 29 April as part of the Cruel Britannia season on the Horror Channel, 8 to 29 April (