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Joe Lawlor

Synopsis

In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins - father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of Independent Chile - and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Having long dreamt of making a biopic of O’Higgins, this wayward and wry documentary is the filmmakers’ attempt to realise this dream through a personal voyage into the idea of the cinematic location. However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. A story that began with a newspaper cutting from 1937, concerning an 11 month old baby who travelled unaccompanied, by ship, across the Atlantic from New York to Cobh. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative powers of travelling, as looked at through the peculiar prism of the Irish experience. https://www.facebook.com/DesperateOptimists/

Details

Year
2016
Type of film
Features
Running Time
89 mins
Format
HD
Director
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Producer
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Editor
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Screenwriter
Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Director of Photography
Joe Lawlor
Sound
Jake Roberts, Barnaby Templar
Music
Stephen McKeon
Principal Cast
Denise Gough, Alan Howley, Jose Miguel Jimenez, Aidan Gillen

Production Company

Supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Reel Art scheme

Desperate Optimists Productions Ltd
Joe Lawlor
info@desperateoptimists.com

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Desperate Optimists Productions Ltd
Joe Lawlor
info@desperateoptimists.com