The Big Picture: On The Nose

8:00pm – Saturday, October 3 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In the film, On The Nose, Brendan (Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is a janitor at a university who has a fondness for gambling, especially betting on horse races. However, he doesn’t have much skill at it, and poorly considered bets have drained the bank account he’d set aside for his daughter’s education. Brendan’s wife (Brenda Blethyn, Atonement) has made Brendan promise to give up gambling, but when their daughter announces she’s just been accepted to Trinity College in Ireland, Brendan has to come up with the tuition money, and fast. While doing his sweeping at work, Brendan makes a remarkable discovery – the preserved head of an aboriginal tribesman who, under proper conditions, can pick the winners in horse races.

About the author