The Lovers and the Despot

South Korea's two biggest movie stars are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to make films, they must combine their artistic talents in order to escape with their lives.

Robert Cannan
Director

Rob’s debut ‘Three Miles North of Molkom’, premiered in competition at IDFA. It won the Audience Award at Gothenburg and was nominated for Best Documentary at the British... more»

Ross Adam
Director

Ross has directed and edited music videos, art installations and commercials and is a gifted photographer.

Sandra Whipham Sandra Whipham
Producer

Sandra Whipham Executive Produced the multi-award winning Enemies of the People and Road to Las Vegas and produced Despicable Dick & Righteous Richard, which premiered in competition at Tribeca... more»

The film will be a thrilling, suspenseful and immersive experience, but the excitement will be balanced with the more poignant and reflective tone of Choi’s romantic recollections. A film about filmmakers, we will be overtly cinematic in our approach, playing with the conventions of film grammar to create a more heightened reality. We will use more cinematic shot compositions and stylised lighting in our interviews and dramatisations, favour atmospheric archive over the purely expositional and at times use clips from Choi and Shin’s own films to illustrate the events of the story on a more metaphorical level.

Genre: Documentary