Written by

Sue Casson & Tom Blackmore

 

David Maxwell Fyfe

Robert Blackmore

 

Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe

Lily Casson

 

Narrator: Sue Casson

 

Singer: Lily Casson

 

Played and sung by

Sue Casson

 

Violin : Mary Young

Cello : Fraser Bowles

 

Recorded and mixed at

Lana Banana Studios

 

Filmed by Robert Blackmore

and Lily Casson

 

Edited by Robert Blackmore

 

Directed by Tom Blackmore

THINT banner OCTOBER 2020 - WATCH

 

A note on the film

 

In March this year our over-running project hit the wall of lockdown.  

 

We had been on the road for just over a year and could see an end in sight. We would visit Strasbourg and cut that new footage into an otherwise edited film. It was to bring alive the settings of Sue Casson’s song cycle Dreams of Peace & Freedom, which tell the story of David Maxwell Fyfe’s year in Nuremberg and journey on to Strasbourg to protect Europe and secure the fundamental freedoms and human rights of every European citizen.

 

Then lockdown, eviction in hours from our hotel and the miraculous discovery of a cabin at the Forest’s Edge where we could see out the pandemic safely.

 

But the film was changed. As we walked through the forest each day Robert and Lily became very aware of the freedoms that had been snatched away overnight, and the speed at which doors can be closed on rights.

 

Of course, in the pandemic, the protection of life was paramount, but their great-grandfather’s story was about how to protect living as well as life.

 

In the story that we tell,the Nazi regime in Germany, the leaders of which Maxwell Fyfe prosecuted at Nuremberg, crushed freedoms rights and humanity.

 

Governments, even in times of crisis, must respect rights and make sure that every move they make underpins freedoms, and ensure their instant return after crisis.

 

Soon, we hope, the crisis will past.

 

Watch our film, now, in lockdown, and as we commemorate

the 75th anniversary of Nuremberg.  

 

Reflect on the rights and freedoms that we love,

and be ready to welcome them back.

Made with grateful thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

for access to their archives and to all at the Churchill Archives Centre,

where David Maxwell Fyfe's personal papers now have a permanent home.