Sue Casson & Tom Blackmore
David Maxwell Fyfe
Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe
Narrator: Sue Casson
Singer: Lily Casson
Played and sung by
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
A note on the finishing of the film
In March 2020 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 pass.
Watch our film, now, as we continue the 75th anniversary journey
from Nuremburg to Strasbourg.
Reflect on the rights and freedoms that we love, and be ready to celebrate and reclaim them as we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic.
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.