Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais
+ 33 1 58 52 10 30
RER B: Luxembourg (exit Gay Lussac) // Metro: Line 10 – Cardinal Lemoine and Line 7 – Place Monge // Bus: 84, 89, 21, 27 (nearest stops)
The screening is part of an event where three artists in residence will present and discuss their work. Guitarist Benjamin Dwyer will be giving a short recital and writer actress Sonya Kelly will be reading some recent texts.
Our Kind is a new film by Alan Phelan concerned with the legacy of Roger Casement who was one of the leaders of the rebellion in 1916 in Ireland against British rule known as the Easter Rising. He was executed in August 1916 several months after the other fifteen leaders. Despite the failure of the rebellion it did set in motion events that lead to the Republic and is commemorated this year.
This film seeks to circumvent usual commemoration tactics by fictionalising alternatives and shifting timelines while navigating historical and revisionist assessments of Casement. Recent writing contrast him as a naive nationalist or flawed gay icon; an imperialist champion of human rights or self-accepting humanitarian. The history of Roger Casement is much contested and filled with many of the contradictions that surround the entire 1916 commemoration itself.
The 30 minute film imagines a future for Roger Casement had he not been executed in 1916. It is set twenty-five years later in 1941, where Casement is in exile in Norway with his former manservant and now partner Adler Christensen. They are visited by Alice Stopford Green, a close friend and supporter of Casement. The story unfolds as Adler and Alice both betray their relationships with him, paralleling the isolation of Casement from his homeland, beliefs and the ideals of the Rising.
Our Kind at The Hugh Lane
The film is still on view at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
until 2 October 2016
Upcoming talk at The Hugh Lane:
Casement Evening Lecture Series – Researching Roger Casement; his Portrayal and Role in Political and Cultural Controversies
with Jeffrey Dudgeon
Thursday 16 June 2016 at 18:30