Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

Director: Lelia Doolan

This remarkable documentary, made over a nine year period, charts the story of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s political journey since her explosive entry into the public arena in the late sixties. Combining archive footage with a series of intimate interviews conducted with Devlin McAliskey, director Lelia Doolan perfectly encapsulates the idiosyncrasies and rebelliousness which has fuelled her subject’s pivotal role at the heart of civil rights, feminism and socialism in Northern Ireland. Bernadette is a fascinating and powerful account of this firebrand figure, an impressively rounded depiction of a woman blessed with incredible eloquence, clarity and firm socialist principles.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.

Feature Documentary Award at the 9th Irish Film and Television Awards 2012.
For more information on Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, see this IFI blog from director Lelia Doolan

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