Civic Life

Unclassified 15+
Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, 73 mins, UK, 2003-2010, 35mm, English (except Tiong Bahru, which features Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese with English subtitles).

Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru

Civic Life is a unique series of films exploring public space and communities, made by directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor in collaboration with local residents and community groups.

It's a meditative and visually arresting body of work; each film has its own distinct qualities, but their real emotional power is perhaps only fully realised when seen as a whole.

For this screening, the films have been edited together without titles or credits, with the resulting uncertainty as to when one films ends and another begins drawing out and intensifying the overlapping themes of identity and place, belonging, hope, loss and new beginnings.

Shot on 35mm CinemaScope, predominantly using long takes and featuring volunteer casts drawn from local communities, the films are richly cinematic and experimental, yet highly accessible.

Civic Life co-director Joe Lawlor will be leading a masterclass for artists and filmmakers on Saturday June 4.

Supported by the British Council.

"An impressive cinematic achievement" - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

"Works of heretical brilliance" - Roger Clarke, Sight&Sound
Dates   Fri 3 Jun 2011, 6.30pm
    No Longer Available
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