CINEAST: East London Film Salon


04 Nov 2010
Opening times:

<p>&nbsp;7 - 9pm</p>

CINEAST is proud to present an exclusive preview screening of Civic Life, a new film by London filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. The work will tour selected UK cinemas following its premiere at Bristol's Brief Encounters Film Festival.

Since July 2003 Molloy and Lawlor have worked on a unique and richly cinematic series of films made in negotiation with local residents and community groups. At the centre of the work is the relationship these communities have to the environments in which they live and work.All the Civic Life films were filmed on 35mm cinemascope making extensive use of the long take.

The filmmakers will present their work in person. After the screening there will be time for questions and discussion.

Entry is free, no booking required.


Born in Dublin, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor studied theatre in the UK in the late 80s. From 1992 to 1999 they devised, directed and performed in six internationally acclaimed touring theatre shows 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 Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films, under the title 'Civic Life' (including 'Who Killed Brown Owl', winner of the Best British Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2004 and JOY winner of the Prix UIP at the International Film Festival 2008). All shot on 35mm, the 'Civic Life' films have screened extensively around the world including screenings at the 33rd Telluride Film Festival, the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival and IndieLisboa'09.

'Helen',the debut feature film of Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2008.

Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor have just completed their latest 'Civic Life' film, Tiong Bahru, which was filmed in Singapore in June 2010.

Molloy and Lawlor work together under the pseudonym Desperate Optimists.

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