THE WALL

A film by David Kinsella

The Wall is the story of a young female poet in North Korea. The director David Kinsella wanted to make a real a documentary, but the government in North Korea brought in over 1000 extras to make Kinsella produce what they wanted: propaganda.
Kinsella had to change his strategy. Under pressure from the North Korean censor, he filmed in such a way that animation could be overlaid onto the images when he returned to Norway – and used to tell the real story.
Understanding that in North Korea “all foreigners are spies and evil”, David Kinsella realised that he had also been told this as a boy growing up in Northern Ireland – and so he made a comparison between his own childhood in Belfast, and his North Korean adventure movie.


The Wall is the story of a young female poet in North Korea. The director David Kinsella wanted to make a real a documentary, but the government in North Korea brought in over 1000 extras to make Kinsella produce what they wanted: propaganda.
Kinsella had to change his strategy. Under pressure from the North Korean censor, he filmed in such a way that animation could be overlaid onto the images when he returned to Norway – and used to tell the real story.
Understanding that in North Korea “all foreigners are spies and evil”, David Kinsella realised that he had also been told this as a boy growing up in Northern Ireland – and so he made a comparison between his own childhood in Belfast, and his North Korean adventure movie.
Director/Producer – David Kinsella
Co-Producers – Heather Millard & Thordur Jonsson of Compass Films, Iceland with the support of the Icelandic Film Centre
Featuring: Yuna Shin, Jin Han Pak, Corey Mckinley, Conor Smith, Thomas Purdy
Original Screenplay – Klaas Bense
Cinematography – David Kinsella, Marty Stalker, Gerard Donnelly
2D Animation & Design – Tiago Forte, Hermann Karlsson
3D Animation – Tiago Forte
VFX – Audur Valdimarsdottir, Mani Sigfusson, Einar Bragi Rognvaldsson, Hermann Karlsson, Michael Christophersson
Editor – Kevin Wheelan
Assistant Editor & Post-Production Supervisor – Michael Christophersson
The Times – A BELFAST film-maker allowed into North Korea in order to make a propoganda film has secretly turned the project into a documentary criticizing the nation’s Stalinist regime.

Gar O’Brien, Galway Film Fleadh – The Wall is a remarkable hybrid that mixes documentary, animation and live-action with great aplomb, while also drawing some fascinating parallels between his childhood in Belfast and the pervasive ideologies on display in Korea

World Premiere – Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Winner – Best Human Rights Film