Who Killed Brown Owl

Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Description

‘It is a sunny afternoon in an enchanted corner of England. Strains of elegiac classical music fade up on the soundtrack, as a camera begins to gently move along a riverbank gradually revealing an elaborate tableau. Burnt sunbathers, beer-drinking kids, an abandoned baby, a rabbit in a boat, a bicycle accident – in Who Killed Brown Owl, the perfect English arcadia gives way to varying kinds of misfortune, disruption and violence. With more than a passing reference to the ‘narrative’ paintings by masters such as Bruegel, this spectacular single take 9-minute short is about a lazy Sunday afternoon that goes horribly wrong. Filmed over the course of one afternoon in 2003, Who Killed Brown Owl features a volunteer cast of almost 100 residents of the London Borough of Enfield and is the the 1st in the Civic Life series of films. Who Killed Brown Owl won the Best British Short Film Award at the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival.From July 2003 onwards Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor worked on a unique and richly cinematic series of films made in negotiation with local residents and community groups. At the centre of the work is the relationship these communities have to the environments in which they live and work. All of the Civic Life films are shot on 35mm cinemascope making extensive use of the long take and involving largely non-professional casts made up of volunteers from the local communities.’

(Sourced from https://vimeo.com/27147738 on September 25th 2016)

Details
Title

Who Killed Brown Owl

Year

2004

Creator

Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

City Symphony, Absolute

Subject

Summer, Violence

Language

English (eng) (intertitles)

Duration

9 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 35mm

Aspect ratio

7:3 (Panavision or CinemaScope)

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Copyright holder: Desperate Optimists

Artist website

https://www.facebook.com/DesperateOptimists/ https://www.facebook.com/DesperateOptimists/ https://www.facebook.com/DesperateOptimists/

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/27147738