Director Lelia Doolan reflects on the making of Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey
I hadn't thought beyond getting the film finished.
I hoped that it might give courage to new generations. There were times when Bernadette's prophecy: "It will be found under the bed when we're gone" seemed a definite possibility. She would also ask inconvenient questions like -- "what's the shape of this film?" when I'd still be moseying around in the dark under mountains of archive material asking myself the same question.
We were a small band: herself and myself, Joe Comerford, Gordon Bruic – in vigorous and convivial altercation and debate. Further along the way, Deirdre McAliskey, Deirdre Learmont, Hugh Doolan and a small army of generous-minded pals pushed us along.
When the pieces were finally quilted together, we sat down together at the Galway Film Fleadh and took a long breath.
The documentary has been on the move since then – to London, to Glasgow and a great human rights gathering there; to Cork, and now for this welcome short run at the IFI before it travels to the north and further afield.
It seems to have a reviving effect on people’s spirits so far…
Director of Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey
Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey runs exclusively at the IFI from November 18th - 24th.
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