Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

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. 

Bernadette McAliskey

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…
So good.

Lelia Doolan
Director of Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey runs exclusively at the IFI from November 18th - 24th. 
For more information & bookings, please visit our website [here]


  1. is this available on dvd from anywhere?

  2. I missed this at the Irish Film Festival in Boston. Where else is it showing? Or is it coming out on DVD?

  3. I'd give anything to see this film. DVD anywhere?? U.S. screenings????

  4. How do you buy IT? Can find it anywhere!