Though it wasn’t released until 2011, Lelia Doolan was there in the beginning as a producer on Reefer and the Model and a co-founder of the Galway Film Fleadh, and so we are proud to present her directorial debut, nine years in the making: Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey.
Elected to the British Parliament in 1969 at the age of 21, Bernadette Devlin was the youngest-ever female MP. A vital force in the civil-rights movement fighting discrimination against Catholics in housing and employment, she was also a gifted orator with strong community roots and even firmer radical-socialist convictions.
Despite having faded in profile since she survived an assassination attempt in 1981, the former “Castro in a miniskirt” proves well worth Lelia Doolan’s feature-length probing, filmed over the years 2002-2011… Doolan’s documentary entertains as well as educates, thanks to her highly engaging subject and rich treasure trove of archival clips. –Variety