christine molloy | joe lawlor



Rose Plays Julie (2019)

Further Beyond (2016)

Mister John (2013)

Helen (2008)


Tiong Bahru (2010)

Joy (2008)

Daydream (2006)

Leisure Centre (2005)

Now we are grown up (2005)

Town Hall (2005)

Twilight (2005)

Revolution (2004)

Moore Street (2004)

Who Killed Brown Owl (2004)

In Development

The Future Tense

other work


Tom and Vera (2013)

Urban Shots (1999)

Play-boy (1998)

Stalking Realness (1997)

Indulgence (1996)

Dedicated (1995)

Hope (1993)

Anatomy of Two Exiles (1992)


Catalogue (2003)

London Framed (2002)

map50 (2000)

lostcause 1-10 (2000)


Born in Dublin, Ireland, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor studied theatre in the UK in the late 80s at Dartington College of Arts, graduating in 1992. From 1992 to 1999 they devised, directed and performed in six internationally acclaimed touring theatre shows under the company name, desperate optimists, before shifting their attention towards moving image based work. Between 2000 and 2003 they directed a number of episodic, interactive works for the internet, and large-scale community video projects for galleries. Between 2003 and 2010 Molloy and Lawlor, produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films, under the title CIVIC LIFE. HELEN, their debut feature film, premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival before screening at over 50 film festivals worldwide. They live in London with their daughter.


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