Irish Film Institute -IFI Documentary Festival: THE ARTIST & THE WALL OF DEATH

IFI Documentary Festival: THE ARTIST & THE WALL OF DEATH

Director: Maurice O’Brien

86 mins, Ireland-UK, 2022, Digital

When Glaswegian performance artist, Stephen Skrynka, learns that a life-long obsession with building and riding a ‘Wall of Death’ was shared with Michael Donohoe and Connie Kiernan (who built a wall in 1979 and inspired the film Eat the Peach), he heads to their farm in Granard, Co. Longford with an audacious proposal: construct a new ‘Wall of Death’ with him and take it on tour.

Though the Wall is painstakingly constructed, a painful argument between the trio brings the endeavour skidding to a halt. Devastated, Stephen returns to Glasgow to lick his wounds, emerging mid-pandemic to fight another day. This captivating yarn explores the relentless determination of an artist to realise his dream.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Maurice O’Brien, producer John Kelleher and producer Grant Keir.

Screening as part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2022, September 21st to 25th.

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Sunday 25th