Duncan Campbell

Bernadette

About this artwork

This film is a captivating portrait of the charismatic political activist, Bernadette Devlin. In the late 1960s Devlin was a prominent figure in the student-led group People’s Democracy and in 1969, at the age of twenty-one, she became the youngest female British MP. Campbell has pieced together vintage film clips, sourced from British and American news archives, alongside animation and a scripted voiceover. The result is an intriguing interplay which builds an absorbing portrait of a passionate individual through the eyes of the media. As Campbell commented, “I wanted to faithfully represent Devlin... Yet I worked with mediated images of her and writings about her. What I produced can only ever be a selection of these representations…”

Updated before 2020

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Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell