Film & Television

John Maguire: Poetic documentary The Future Tense walks a tightrope between two nations in flux

Documentary makers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy examine complexities of belonging in both Ireland and England, while on Netflix Painkillers exposes excoriating greed that hooked the American nation on a narcotic 100 times more powerful than heroin

Christine Molloy, co-director, The Future Tense: examines questions of identity and roots

The Future Tense, the latest film from the always fascinating Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, partners in filmmaking and in life who work under the name Desperate Optimists, opens on an early morning flight from London (where they have lived for the last 30 years) to Dublin (where they were born and raised). It’s a journey the couple have taken hundreds of times before, but things are different at both ends.

Brexit has made them ...