'The Great Wall has been completed at its most southerly point'.
So begins Kafka’s short story 'At the Building of the Great Wall of China', and so, at Europe’s heavily militarised south-eastern frontier, begins this film.
In the shadow of its own narratives of freedom, Europe has been building its own great wall. Like its Chinese precursor, this wall has been piecemeal in construction, diverse in form and dubious in utility.
'The Great Wall' moves across fortified landscapes, pausing with those whose lives are framed by borders. Moving inward toward the seat of power, the film holds the European project up to a dazzling cinematic light, refracted through Kafka’s mysterious text; ultimately questioning the nature of power.
"extraordinary... The Great Wall is a beautiful, puzzling film"
Feature and interview The Irish Times
"The structures of governance across Europe are designed to bolster the legitimacy of certain types of people, certain types of opinion, certain types of political approach...O’Sullivan’s task in The Great Wall is to make visible the invisible..." Essay on the film and the cultural history of European borders
"not only great filmmaking, but important filmmaking" Review
- Interview with Tadhg O'Sullivan Culture File - Lyric FM
- Review State Magazine
- Interview with Tadhg O'Sullivan Arena RTE Radio
- Review Irish Times
- Interview with Tadhg O'Sullivan Off Topic, Irish Times Podcast
- 'A visual essay, which in its epic format will change your understanding of one of our times' greatest crises.' CPH:DOX Programme Notes
- 'At its best...potent and searing' Sight & Sound