Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How the Only Extant Footage of Roger Casement was Filmed

On August 3, 1916, Roger Casement was executed for treason at Pentonville prison in London. Born in 1864 near Dublin to an Anglo-Irish family, Casement went into the diplomatic service, received a knighthood for his humanitarian work and during World War I led an important role in the Irish struggle for independance. With German assistance he tried to organize an Irish Brigade to prepare an uprising against Britain. Shortly after he had entered Ireland on a German submarine he was captured and executed by the British. To some a martyr, to others a traitor - Roger Casement has remained a controversial and historical figure ever since.

Casement has only been captured on one short piece of footage that still exists today. The story how he was filmed is extraordinary and will feature in an upcoming article by authors Cooper C. Graham and Ron van Dopperen for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

We will keep you posted on this latest project!


                       

4 comments:

  1. There will be a lot of interest in this in Ireland, particularly as we approach 1916.

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    1. Do let us know if you have any ideas about Irish media interested in this subject

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  2. I've just come across this posting. If you haven't found a media outlet, you might consider Myles Dungan's RTE radio History Show:
    https://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_thehistoryshow.xml
    Dungan is a historian and his programme is well listened to. Otherwise, the Irish Times.

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    1. Many thanks, Ruth! We have contacted both media. Glad to have contributed this way to Irish history

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