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1hr 41mins

An existential drama morphing into a tense thriller, Rose Plays Julie is a film that travels to unexpected places, revealing a timely prescience in what is one of the very best films of the year.



Our screening on the 21st will be followed by a live Q&A with director Christine Molly; Our first since re-opening!

Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
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Rose, a shy young veterinary student, travels from Dublin to London to meet her birth mother, whose identity she has recently discovered. Posing as a potential house buyer to learn more about Ellen, the successful television actress that gave her away at birth, their subsequent introduction will prove even more traumatic than she expected, compelling Rose to seek out her archaeologist father.

Rose’s willingness to adopt a false identity now escalates as she takes on the role of Julie, a new, significant persona that will allow her to confront and excavate the trauma of her own past.

Filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (also known as Desperate Optimists) have a history of working across a variety of mediums from theatre to film to video art, often with non-professional actors.

Identity, doppelgangers, and the artifice (or otherwise) of performance have been consistent preoccupations of their compelling work in films like Helen (made in 2008 and partially shot on Tyneside), Mister John and Further Beyond, and here they have crafted their best film to date, featuring magnetic performances from Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, and regular collaborator Aidan Gillen.

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