Joe Lawlor
and Christine Malloy

Christine Molloy (born Ireland, 1965) and Joe Lawlor (born Ireland, 1963) both currently live and work in London, UK.

Molloy and Lawlor each received a BA from Dartington College of Arts (Totnes, UK) in 1992.

They were honoured with the Prix UIP, International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and Nominee, European Film Academy Short Film, European Film Awards (Copenhagen, Denmark) in 2008 and won the Best Director of Photography, 30th Durban International Film Festival (Durban, South Africa) in 2009.

Lawlor and Molloy’s films have been nominated for major, international prizes globally, including The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, UK) in 2008, the FIPRESCI, Haifa International Film Festival (Haifa, Israel) in 2008, and the Sutherland Trophy, The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival (London, UK) in 2008.

Their moving image work has been included in major video and film festivals around the world, including Rencontres Internationales (Paris, France) in 2011, the Sydney Film Festival (Sydney, Australia) in 2008, and the 35th Telluride Film Festival (Telluride, USA) in 2008.

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“We are known for our collaborations with community groups throughout the UK, Ireland and Singapore. Other defining features of our work are filming on 35 mm film as well as the use of the long take. All of our work has a close relationship to cinema and often takes place in that context. Perhaps the most important theme running through our work is the exploration of local communities and their relationship to our own neighborhood—how social spaces can resonate for the people who live in them.

With specific regard to our contribution for films4peace, we took a distinctive approach and applied this to the local park, close to where we live, and asked a wide variety of residents that live in this neighborhood (London Fields) to think about peace in that context. The idea of a park or green space in any metropolitan context is a precious thing affording, as it can do, a space for reflection. A place where people can meet and engage with each other. A place where communities can come together and develop.”