Opera House Cinémathèque to screen ‘Bernadette’

Posted:  Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

Story Location:
29 Elm Street
Camden  Maine
United States

CAMDEN — Cinémathèque @ the Camden Opera House is a new monthly film program celebrating the best of classic, foreign, and cult cinema. This selection for the big screen aims to challenge, invigorate, and promote dialogue.

This month, join Cinémathèque for Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

She was the youngest ever female MP. She once punched the Home Secretary in the face. And she was shot seven times in an assassination attempt.

“It would be hard not to make an interesting film about the life and career of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey,” said Camden Opera House, in a news release.

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s political life is recounted in Lelia Doolan’s 2011 documentary Bernadette: Notes on a Polotical Journey. Combining archive footage with a series of intimate interviews conducted with Devlin McAliskey, director Lelia Doolan 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 an account of this firebrand figure, an depiction of a woman blessed with incredible eloquence, clarity and firm socialist principles, according to the release.

Throughout the film, McAliskey speaks openly about her views on the Peace Process and the direction that Republican politics has taken. 

Dir. Lelia Doolan, 2011, Ireland, 88 min.

Casual post-show discussions at nearby 40 Paper will follow each Cinémathèque screening, including half-price drinks starting at 9 p.m.

Cinémathèque will run Mondays at 7 p.m.; General admission tickets $8, available online and at the door.

Curated by Joanna Spinks.

For upcoming titles, visit camdenoperahouse.com