WHO KILLED BROWN OWL

It is a sunny afternoon in an enchanted corner of England. Strains of elegiac classical music fade up on the soundtrack, as a camera begins to gently move along a riverbank gradually revealing an elaborate tableau. Burnt sunbathers, beer-drinking kids, an abandoned baby, a rabbit in a boat…

 

regia/director christine molloy, joe lawlor
sceneggiatura /screenplay
christine molloy, joe lawlor
fotografia/cinematographer
ole bratt birkeland
montaggio/editing
christine molloy, joe lawlor
musica / music
vaughan williams
suono / sound
dolby mono
cast/cast
100 residenti del distretto londinese di enflield – 100 local resident of the london borough of enflield
genere /genre
fiction
formato originale/original format
35 mm – color
durata/running time
9’ 53’’
anno di produzione/year of production
2004
paese di produzione/country of production
inghilterra – england
produzione/production
desperate optimists
distribuzione/distribution
desperate optimists


EDIMBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best British Short Film

 

Christine Molloy (1965) works together with Joe Lawlor (1963) as Desperate Optimists. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland they have lived and worked in the UK since 1987, making works or a variety of media and contexts including digital arts, video, film, radio and performance.

Joe Lawlor (1963) works together with Christine Molloy (1965) as Desperate Optimists. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland they have lived and worked in the UK since 1987, making works or a variety of media and contexts including digital arts, video, film, radio and performance.

Christine Molloy: 2004 Revolution (corto, short); Civic life: Moore Street (corto, short); Who killed Brown Owl (corto, short)

Joe Lawlor: 2004 Revolution (corto, short); Civic life: Moore Street (corto, short); Who killed Brown Owl (corto, short)

It is a sunny afternoon in an enchanted corner of England. Strains of elegiac classical music fade up on the soundtrack, as a camera begins to gently move along a riverbank gradually revealing an elaborate tableau. Burnt sunbathers, beer-drinking kids, an abandoned baby, a rabbit in a boat, a bicycle accident – in Who Killed Brown Owl, the perfect English arcadia gives way to varying kinds of misfortune, disruption and violence. With more than a passing reference to the ‘narrative’ paintings by masters such as Bruegel, this spectacular single take 9-minute short is about a lazy Sunday afternoon that goes horribly wrong.

 

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