Desperate Optimists are Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. Born in Dublin, Ireland we studied theatre in the UK in the late 80s. From 1992 to 1999 we toured six internationally acclaimed devised theatre shows. Between 2000 and 2003 we directed a number of episodic, interactive works for the internet, and large-scale community video projects for galleries. Between 2003 and 2010 we, produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films, under the title CIVIC LIFE. HELEN, our debut feature film, premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Our new feature film, MISTER JOHN, features Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) and Zoe Tay and is released in the UK and Ireland by Artificial Eye.