I'm Roger Casement
‘When I landed in Ireland that morning, swamped and swimming ashore on an unknown strand I was happy for the first time for over a year. Although I knew that this fate waited on me, I was for one brief spell happy and smiling once more. I cannot tell you what I felt. The sandhills were full of skylarks, rising in the dawn, the first I had heard for years – the first sound I heard through the surf was their song as I waded in through the breakers, and they kept rising all the time up to the old rath at Currahane where I stayed and sent the others on. And all round were primroses and wild violets and the singing of the skylarks in the air, and I was back in Ireland again.’
Letter from Roger Casement, in Pentonville Prison, to his sister Nina Newman
25 July 1916
Fearghus worked with director Dearbhla Walsh to create I’m Roger Casement, a short dance film. Shot on location on Banna Strand, I’m Roger Casement reinforces the connection between Casement’s crossing of identity borders, his openness to the erotic stranger and the experiences of people today seeking to cross national boundaries.
Dearbhla Walsh is one of Ireland’s most accomplished directors, who has won Emmy, IFTA and BAFTA awards for her television work. She has directed two of Fearghus’s previous dance films, which have since been screened in the US, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.
I’m Roger Casement was produced by COCO Television, whose 1916 documentary series (in association with the University of Notre Dame) was broadcast internationally to wide acclaim.
I’m Roger Casement was broadcast on RTÉ One on 17 January 2017, 11:10pm, and will be made available for online and festival screening.
- Dearbhla Walsh
- Choreographer and Artistic Director
- Fearghus Ó Conchúir
- Vanessa Gildea
- Brenda Morrissey
- Director of Photography
- Patrick Jordan
- Composer and Sound Designer
- Alma Kelliher
- Mikel Aristegui, Philip Connaughton, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Liv O'Donoghue
- Executive Producer
- Linda Cullen