Civic Life

  • 72'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2006
Who Killed Brown Owl
It is a sunny afternoon; elegiac classical music fades up on the soundtrack, as a camera begins to gently move along a riverbank gradually revealing an elaborate tableau. But then the perfect English arcadia gives way to varying kinds of misfortune, disruption and violence. Winner of the Best British Short Film Award at the Edinburgh International Film festival in 2004.

Moore Street
Single tracking shot filmed on Dublin's famous Moore Street; we follow the thoughts of a young African woman in Ireland as she considers her future and her unfolding sense of identity as she walks along the city street at night.

Revolution
A technically astonishing circular shot depicts how a special fund-raising event to buy books for a library descends into chaos and mayhem.

Twilight
An intimate exploration of the ebb and flow of life involving five residents from Tyneside. During the time that cinematographers call ‘the magic hour’ a group of friends listen to a revelation.

Town Hall
A local town hall on a suspiciously hectic open day. The camera takes a restless, sweeping point of view on what issues clearly matter to the assembled local residents.

Now We Are Grown Up
Carefully positioned in a circle, young people participate in a strangely unorthodox therapy session confiding their fears and hopes in the face of their futures.

Leisure Centre
We follow a young man through the rooms and down the corridors of the leisure centre where he works as he struggles to come to terms with his new role as a father.

Directors
Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
United Kingdom, Ireland
Production Year
2006
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
72'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Production Company
Desperate Optimists
Sales
Desperate Optimists
Screenplay
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Editor
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Sound Design
Joe Lawlor
Website
http://www.desperateoptimists.com/civiclife