The Artist & the Wall of Death
Sat 09 July / Pálás 1 / 18:30
2022 / Ireland & United Kingdom / 90 min / Documentary
The Artist & The Wall of Death tells the thrilling story of Glaswegian performance artist Stephen Skrynka and his life-long obsession with the ‘Wall of Death’. Determined to conquer the wall, he endures a humiliating experience while training with renowned wall rider Ken Fox before discovering the story of Irishmen Michael Donohoe and Connie Kiernan.
In 1979, Connie and Michael had constructed a ramshackle Wall of Death on their farm in rural Granard, inspiring the much-loved feature film Eat the Peach. Forty years on, Stephen appears in town and presents them with an audacious proposal: construct a new Wall of Death with him and take it on tour.
Though the wall is painstakingly constructed, a massive argument between the trio brings the whole endeavour skidding to a halt. Devastated, Stephen returns to Glasgow. However, with a pandemic raging, Stephen somehow finds the heart to try one last time, and begins to build his own wall from scratch.
Don’t miss a chance to revisit Eat the Peach on the big screen on Sunday at 19:00 in Pálás 3.
Followed by Q&A with director Maurice O’Brien.
Director: Maurice O’Brien
Producers: John Kelleher, David Power & Grant Keir