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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy

Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy

(p.76) Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy. Over the last four years Molloy and Lawlor have been working on a project called Civic Life, which involves local community groups in the production of nine high-quality short films for the cinema. In 2004, their film Who Killed Brown Owl won the award for Best British Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In January 2008 their latest short film Joy won the Prix UIP Rotterdam at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Helen (2008), the first feature of the duo, who work under the title of Desperate Optimists, marks the culmination of the Civic Life series. The interview covered topics such as how Desperate Optimists and their initial work in community theatre and experimental performance began; the benefits of working with community groups; and how they found the transition from shorter pieces to feature-length work.

Keywords:   Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy, Civic Life, Who Killed Brown Owl, Joy, Helen, Desperate Optimists, interviews, film directors, filmmakers

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