JOY is a story about a 17-year-old girl, Joy, who has gone missing. The police stage a reconstruction of Joy’s last known movements in a local park. But by the time the reconstruction is ended it is clear that what we are watching is more than a reconstruction of a teenager’s last movements. Rather it is a meditation on the fragility of youth. JOY is also a lyrical, virtuoso prelude in one take to HELEN (2008) the first full-length film by the Desperate Optimists.
JOY won the Prix UIP Rotterdam award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008 and was nominated for a European Film Award.
JOY was made with funding from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.