City Gallery

Past event

Film Festival: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

1 August 2020

New Zealand International Film Festival and City Gallery Wellington present

Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets 2020
USA | 98 minutes

'When‌ ‌you‌ ‌get‌ ‌lonely, ‌‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌no‌ ‌friends, ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌come‌ ‌to‌ ‌this‌ ‌bar‌ ‌and‌ ‌fit‌ ‌in‌ ‌here.' ‌‌It’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌sentiment‌ ‌that‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌spoken‌ ‌by‌ ‌any‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌barroom‌ ‌poets, ‌veterans, ‌drag‌ ‌queens, ‌‌miscreants, ‌hipsters,‌ ‌and‌ ‌forces‌ ‌of‌ ‌nature‌ ‌that‌ ‌comprise‌ ‌the‌ ‌clientele‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Roaring‌ ‌20s, ‌a‌ ‌Vegas‌ ‌dive‌ ‌bar‌ ‌that‌ ‌time‌ ‌forgot. ‌‌But‌ ‌what‌ ‌happens‌ ‌when‌ ‌the‌ ‌only‌ ‌place‌ ‌you‌ ‌belong‌ ‌is‌ ‌going‌ ‌away‌ ‌for‌ ‌good? ‌The‌ ‌obvious‌ ‌answer: ‌one‌ ‌final‌ ‌all-day, ‌‌all-night‌ ‌party. Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross turn their instinctive, unblinking documentary lens on the patrons of a grimy Las Vegas bar enjoying one last round—a glorious snapshot of Americana that’s at once dark, moving, and flat-out funny.

The‌ ‌Ross‌ ‌Brothers‌ ‌continue‌ ‌their‌ ‌winning‌ ‌streak‌ ‌of‌ ‌intimately‌ ‌observed, ‌artfully‌ ‌shot‌ ‌documents‌ ‌of‌ ‌humanity‌ ‌with‌ ‌this‌ portrait ‌of‌ ‌one‌ ‌booze-‌ ‌and‌ ‌smoke-filled‌ ‌day, ‌‌as‌ ‌lost‌ ‌souls‌ ‌gather‌ ‌for‌ ‌wildly‌ ‌inappropriate‌ ‌bonhomie‌ ‌and‌ ‌conversations‌ ‌ranging‌ ‌from‌ ‌profound‌ ‌to‌ ‌incomprehensible. ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌centre‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌stands—‌well, ‌slumps—Michael, ‌a‌ 'fifty-eight‌-year‌-‌old‌ ‌that‌ ‌looks‌ ‌seventy' ‌‌regular,‌ ‌who‌ ‌reads‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌bar, ‌shaves‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌sink ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌there‌ ‌from‌ ‌opening‌ ‌to‌ ‌last‌ ‌call. ‌As‌ ‌the‌ ‌evening‌ ‌progresses‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌full‌ ‌spectrum‌ ‌of‌ ‌alcoholic‌ ‌emotion‌ ‌displays‌ ‌itself, ‌the‌ ‌film‌ ‌masterfully‌ ‌careens‌ ‌from‌ ‌riotously‌ ‌funny‌ ‌to‌ ‌tender‌ ‌to‌ ‌ominous, ‌as‌ ‌only‌ ‌a‌ ‌dive‌ ‌bar‌ ‌can. ‌All‌ ‌the‌ ‌while, ‌one‌ ‌question‌ ‌remains‌ ‌unspoken: ‌‌what‌ ‌happens‌ ‌to‌ ‌people‌ ‌with‌ ‌nowhere‌ ‌else‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌when‌ ‌they‌ ‌lose‌ ‌the‌ ‌place‌ ‌they‌ ‌feel‌ ‌at‌ ‌home? ‌
—Doug Dillaman

Saturday 1 August 1.30pm - 3.10pm

Door sales thirty minutes prior to screening. All seats are general admission.