Exploring the heart of what makes a home
Non-actors, busy locations, unpredicable schedules … somehow, the team behind Civic Life make it work, writes Catherine Keenan.
When Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy landed in Singapore to make a film, they didn’t have the faintest idea what it would be about. They never do.
The Civic Life project they have run since 2003 is an exploration of people’s relationships with the places they live. They don’t know what these are until they get there and dig themselves into the local community.
The first thing the pair did was work with local partners to find a suitable location. They always work in public places. Revolution (2004) was set in a community fete in the London borough of Lambeth; Leisure Centre (2005) was set at a leisure centre in Ballymun, Dublin, where the pair are from.