The Artist and The Wall of Death

The Artist and The Wall of Death

25th TiDF: International Premiere

The unlikely story of a Glaswegian visual artist, Stephen Skrynka, and his dangerous life-long obsession with riding the “Wall of Death.” Stephen dreams of transforming the traditional fairground motorbike attraction into an art form but underestimates the difficulties of combining his artistic vision with the commercial instincts of his Irish-farmer-collaborators. Left alone, with no finance and a pandemic raging, Stephen rashly decides to hand-build his own Wall out of recycled wood. Facing a crisis of money and self-belief, salvation arrives in the shape of unexpected comradeship, anonymous donations, and the kindness of strangers... 

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Maurice O’Brien
Cinematography: Thomas Hogben
Editing: John Murphy
Sound: David McAulay (design)
Music: Michael Fleming
Production: Faction North, John Kelleher Media
Producers: John Kelleher, David Power, Grant Keir
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 91'
Contact: Journeyman Pictures

Maurice O’Brien


2013 Buffalo Dreams (short)
2018 Hey Ronnie Reagan (short)
2022 The Artist and the Wall of Death