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International title Joy
Country Reino Unido, Irlanda
Year 2008
Running time 9
Director Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Screenplay Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Film Editing Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Photography Ole Birkeland
Music Dennis McNulty
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Desperate Optimists

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Desperate Optimists


The day before her eighteenth birthday, Joy goes missing. Her track disappears in a forest where the kinds usually hang out. Some of her personal belongings are useful so as to reconstruct her last steps

Director bio

Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy are the founders of the Desperate Optimist production company. Their debut, Who Killed Brown Owl (2004), won the Best British Short Film Award at Edinburgh. Their first feature film, Helen (2008), was screened at the Edinburgh and Sydney festivals. Joy (2007) received the best short film award at the Darklife Festival in Dublín