In The Bar, a who's who of the 1990s Kiwi acting community play punters at an Auckland bar. Director Dorthe Scheffmann (Vermilion) made the short film at infamous Ponsonby pub SPQR, which she co-owned. A handheld camera weaves in and around the space, as a drug dealer and his friend (Peter Tait and Bruce Hopkins) talk business; yuppies hold forth on political issues (Peter Elliott, Harry Sinclair and Simon Prast); and a couple (Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Hurst) try to hold their relationship together. Goodbye Pork Pie star Kelly Johnson plays the bartender.
So what do you say to a spot of business?– A drug dealer (Peter Tait) gets the ball rolling at SPQR
Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission
Songs written by Keith Ballantyne, with lyrics by James Pinker