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Part of SFFILM Festival

Rose Plays Julie

Directed by Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy

Ireland | Fiction | 100

10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street CA 94103 United States
11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11 at 3:45 pm
Victoria Theatre


Rose is a veterinary student whose complicated feelings around being adopted make her feel as though she hasn’t become the person she was meant to be. Her education takes a back seat when she decides to track down her birth parents and takes on another persona in the process. With creepy imagery and a consistently building tension, the film depicts Rose’s evolving identity as she tracks down her birth mother, a mildly successful television actress, and her biological father (The Game of Thrones‘ Aidan Gillen), a well-known archaeologist.

“Stark, meditative, and bracingly uncompromising, Rose Plays Julie is the bold third feature from writer/director duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy … Layering its fairly straightforward story of an adopted Irish girl who tracks down her birth mother with immersive visual and aural motifs, it plays more like modern operatic tragedy than run-of-the-mill social drama.” –Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily

Director Joe Lawlor

With Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor is one half of the filmmaking duo Desperate Optimists. The Dublin-born duo, now based in the UK, got their start in the theater, and later directed large-scale community video installations for galleries and interactive, episodic work for television.

Director Christine Molloy

Desperate Optimists Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy made 10 short films between 2003 and 2010, which were collected together as Civic Life. In addition to Rose Plays Julie, the duo’s narrative features include Helen (2008) and Mister John (2013). They also helmed a documentary, Further Beyond (2016).

Filmmaker Profile


Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 100

Country Ireland/UK

Director Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy

Producer David Collins, Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy

Writer Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy

Editor Christine Molloy

Cinematographer Tom Comerford

Music Stephen McKeon

Cast Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen