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Rose Plays Julie  2019
Director:  Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
Producer:
  David Collins and Joe Lawlor
Art Director:
  Mark Kelly
Editor:
  Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
Music:
  Stephen McKeon
Screenplay:
  Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
Director of Photography:
  Tom Comerford
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Cast:
spacer1 Ann Skelly
spacer1 Orla Brady
spacer1 Aidan Gillen
spacer1 Annabell Rickerby
spacer1 Catherine Walker
spacer1 Joanne Crawford
spacer1 Alan Howley
spacer1 Sadie Soverall
spacer1 Lily Brand
spacer1 Derry Lawlor
spacer1 Lochlann O’Mearáin
spacer1 Julien Benoiton
spacer1 Ann Skelly spacer1 Orla Brady spacer1 Aidan Gillen
spacer1 Annabell Rickerby spacer1 Catherine Walker spacer1 Joanne Crawford
spacer1 Alan Howley spacer1 Sadie Soverall spacer1 Lily Brand
spacer1 Derry Lawlor spacer1 Lochlann O’Mearáin spacer1 Julien Benoiton
spacer1 Ann Skelly spacer1 Orla Brady
spacer1 Aidan Gillen spacer1 Annabell Rickerby
spacer1 Catherine Walker spacer1 Joanne Crawford
spacer1 Alan Howley spacer1 Sadie Soverall
spacer1 Lily Brand spacer1 Derry Lawlor
spacer1 Lochlann O’Mearáin spacer1 Julien Benoiton

Synopsis:
It’s during a term studying animal euthanasia that veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly) decides to contact Julie (Orla Brady), the birth mother who gave her up for adoption. But Julie, who is now a successful London-based actress, doesn’t want to know. Undeterred, Rose will not be ignored. And curiosity leads her to discoveries that shake the fragile identity she has built for herself.
Review:
Directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, also known as Desperate Optimists, have spent years making formally rigorous, atmospheric cinema (Helen, Mister John, Further Beyond) that often deals with the uncanny effects of impersonation and the slippery nature of truth.

With Rose Plays Julie they have crafted a slow-burn thriller that builds a sense of dread inside an exquisite world of immaculate architecture, rendered through an icy performance style and enveloped by a claustrophobic soundtrack. Skelly and Brady are both exacting and measured in their delivery, as the film takes us through longing and revenge to arrive at the dark places of power and its abuses. This is frank, immersive and decidedly feminist filmmaking.

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