Holding on to Nothing (2016)

After the man who was about to propose to her disappears, Rita drowns her sorrows in the old club where she used to perform, before deciding to hire a private investigator.


Raza Mallal


Raza Mallal


Cast overview, first billed only:
Leanne O'Rourke Leanne O'Rourke ... Rita
David Zezulka David Zezulka ... Detective Dick Chambers
Cornelius Geaney Jr. ... JD / Stranger in Bar
Keith Nahon Keith Nahon ... Barman (as Ian Keith Nahon)
Raza Mallal ... Alfred the Hitman
Mike Duggan Mike Duggan ... Assassin
Sophie Milnes Sophie Milnes ... Linette Hildebrand
Cris Haris Cris Haris ... Thomas Nickles
Keeley Carr Keeley Carr ... Sandra Mallette
Matthew Richards Matthew Richards ... Man in Coat
Deborah Bartlett ... Palm Club Patron
Lindsay Bennett Lindsay Bennett ... Palm Club Patron
Russ Cavis Russ Cavis ... Palm Club Patron
Olivia Charlotte Cole Olivia Charlotte Cole ... Palm Club Patron
Charlotte Marie Everest Charlotte Marie Everest ... Palm Club Patron (as Charlotte Everest)




'Holding on to Nothing' is a neo-noir short film, written, directed and produced by Raza Mallal. Set in around the 1950s, it tells the story of Rita, an ex-cabaret singer, who drowns her sorrows in the old club where she used to perform. Her lover, JD, disappeared on the night he was supposed to propose to her. Rita had been ready to give herself away to him, but now he's gone and has left her with nothing. Remembering her life with him, she feels distraught and angry. Rita decides to enlist the help of Detective Dick Chambers to help her find him. The Detective agrees to help, mainly due to her looks, but also out of pity and the determination to find a missing man. He asks Rita some simple questions, only to discover that she doesn't really know the man she was about to marry. Written by Talking Lens Productions

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A 3-minute version was submitted to the My RØDE Reel 2015 competition. See more »


Referenced in Talkinglens Productions Premiere Film Screening 2016 (2016) See more »


Performed by Rose & The Howling Wolf
With permission from Cuckoo Records
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15 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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