About the Film
About the Director
John was, in many ways, an enigma to his brother Gerry (Aiden Gillen, HBO's GAME OF THRONES). After John's sudden (and somewhat mysterious) death, Gerry travels to Singapore to settle his brother’s shady business affairs and check on the man’s family. It’s also a convenient reason for Gerry to escape in the wake of his crumbling marriage. From its onset, MISTER JOHN dashes our dramatic expectations and––in the sure-footed hands of filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, and Gillen’s brilliant performance––remains consistently surprising as both a character study and a meditation on identity.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor studied theatre in the UK in the late 80s at Dartington College of Arts. From 1992 to 1999 they devised, directed and performed in several internationally acclaimed theatre shows before shifting their attention towards moving image based work. Between 2000 and 2003 they directed a number of episodic, interactive works for the internet, and large-scale community video projects for galleries. Between 2003 and 2010 Molloy and Lawlor produced, wrote and directed 10 acclaimed short films including the award winning WHO KILLED BROWN OWL and JOY. HELEN, their award winning debut feature film, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2008 before screening at over 50 film festivals worldwide. In 2009 HELEN was nominated for an Evening Standard Film award and a Guardian First Film award. Molloy and Lawlor live in London, UK with their daughter.