HE'S S-CIARAN THEM TO DEATH; Irish star bares all as deranged cannibal on run.
MEET handsome Irish actor Ciaran McMenamin as his fans have ever seen him before - transformed into a naked snarling monster!
In his scariest role yet, McMenamin - best known for playing David Copperfield in the hit telly movie - plays a deranged cannibal who escapes from the world's toughest jail and goes on a killing and eating spree.
His new movie, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, is the true story of Fermanagh-born Pearce, who back in the early 19th century was sentenced to seven years in the new penal colony of Van Diemen's Land for the crime of stealing six pairs of shoes.
After being flogged more than 200 times, Pearce was sent to the nearby barren Sarah Island, where he and other desperate convicts plotted a daring escape.
As the publicity for the film says: "This is the remarkable story of how one man endured the unimaginable by doing the unthinkable."
The film also stars another Irishman, Adrian Dunbar, as Father Philip Connolly, a Catholic priest who later hears Pearce's grisly confession.
Pearce was executed in 1824 after receiving the sacraments from Father Connolly.
Film makers Michael Rowland and Irishman Niall Fulton hope to answer the question, "Was Pearce a monster or just a very hungry man?" when their movie is screened this month on RTE.
Producer and co-writer Nial Fulton says: "It's based on the true story of Alexander Pearce, an Irish convict who was sent to Van Diemen's Land, and subsequently Sarah Island for stealing six pairs of shoes.
"He wasn't a monster when he arrived but the system very quickly made him into a monster.
"It resonates with what's happening today in places like Guantanamo Bay.
"He escaped with seven others and resorted to murder and cannibalism.
"But nobody believed him, so they sent him back to Sarah Island after he confessed.
"He subsequently escaped the second time, and was caught. Cannibalism and murder had occurred again, so they decided enough's enough, and they executed him in Hobart in 1824."
Referring to the casting of Dunbar and McMenamin in the lead roles, he adds: "It was a bit of a coup for us to get actors of that note down here.
"Popular history portrays Pearce as evil. But Pearce killed less people than Ned Kelly, yet he is thought of as a monster, and Kelly is a hero."
Pearce and other prisoners plotted their escape from barren Sarah Island; Pearce was flogged more than 200 times for stealing shoes; Ciaran McMenamin as Pearce, inset, who escaped from jail and began to eat human flesh
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 9, 2008|
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