April 16, 2024

Filming Dennis Rodman’s ill-fated N.Korea goodwill tour

Filmmaker talks working in world’s most reclusive regime with the NBA’s most eccentric star

Colin Offland was sitting at breakfast with his family reading the newspapers, he said, when he decided he had to make a film about Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. He’d never made a feature film before – just a few TV programs and adverts with his company Chief Productions – but he knew that this was too good a story to pass up.

That idea became the film Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang, a rollercoaster documentary following the former Chicago Bulls basketball player as he attempts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula with a motley crew of fellow ex-NBA players and an Irish gambling company, all while giving his “good friend” Kim Jong Un a birthday to remember.

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