Live puppetry film by Orlando Britts, Luke Powell, reconstructed from fragments following disastrous early morning deleting endeavour to free up space for rendering. Reconstruction / editing by Ulysses Black 2011. Music (without permission) by Nick Cave and by Dead Can Dance.
The original film told a story in cut-away/flashback of a life passing before the eyes of a bank robber, who has been shot moments before the film starts.
Film explanation: The gunshot heard during the opening titles is that shot by the bank teller, Angela, who has shot Joe, the protagonist, during a hold up in a bank. As his life flashes before his eyes, we see a sequence of scenes detailing the rise of the Westside Gang, and culminates planning of a bank robbery. Following the arrest of tough guy 'Toro the Bullshark' (all of the characters are loosely based on the Sharks from A Westside Story), 'Eddi' the 'cop killer' joins the robbery squad. Having almost stepped infront of a lorry, Joe's life is saved by a woman reaching out grabbing him. He then shares a moment with the woman who will later be revealed to be bank teller Angela. During this moment it begins to snow. Snow and 'angels in the snow' is a recurrent theme in the film denoting the innocence lost and redemption dreamt of by Joe. Joe tries to leave both the gang and the city and, failing, finds himself back in the bank during the raid. Eddie has already killed the secirty guard and joins Joe who is locked in confrontation with an unseen bank teller. A 'mexican stand-off' ensues in which a single shot is fired. Eddie falls back dead and we see that Joe has shot Eddie who threatened to shoot the bank teller, who is herself now revealed as Angela, Joe's saviour and 'angel in the snow'. Unbeknownst to the viewer, the gunshot from the opening credits was that of Angela shooting Joe, while the entire film has been a flashback of him, in effect pointing a gun at Angela, but not shooting. His redemption comes in saving her from being shot, before he then dies from her bullet.