A lonely pensioner, Harold Gimble, is the first victim of a new neurological disease that is slowly turning him into a zombie-like state. Harold’s hermit-like existence is shaken up when a vivacious nurse, Penny Rudge, is sent along to alleviate hi stiffness. Her special massage technique word a trap on Harold and they become close friends. Harold agrees to trial a possible cure for the disease at a private institute, and the initial results are excellent. But the following day he’s in an even worse state than before, and a group of thugs turned zombie hunters, pursue Harold and Penny across the moorlands in hope of a kill.
Filmed as a mock documentary, Harold’s Going Stiff is the tale of an unorthodox friendship between an old man turning into a monster and a young none-too-bright caregiver. In its bittersweet, comic way, Harold invites reflection on society and monstrosity, taking a few swipes at the hidden agendas of social and health services along the way.
Keith Wright was born in Sheffield, England. His selected filmography as written-director includes Take me to Your Leader and a number of short film, such as Where’s Bingo Betty?, Long in the Tooth and Glitch.
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 1hr 17
Version: English, with French subtitles
Director: Keith Wright
Producer: Richard Guy
Screenplay: Keith Wright
Cinematography: Keith Wright
Editing: Keith Wright
Music: Tom Kane
Cast: Stan Rowe, Sarah Spencer, Phil