Bertie

Screen Scene completed full picture and sound post on Mint Productions documentary series, ‘Bertie’, back in 2009.

Directed by Steve Carson and produced by Noeleen Leddy and Ailbhe Maher, the four part series series chronicled the former Taoiseach’s remarkable true story.

With no connections in the party, Ahern fought and won a Dáil seat on his first attempt. Almost uniquely, he survived the civil wars over Haughey’s leadership unscathed and somehow remained underestimated by his colleagues even as he rose to the leadership. As Taoiseach, he formed three back-to-back governments and presided over a decade-long boom, jumping ship just before it hit the rocks.

The series featured contributions from a host of family, friends and colleagues, including estranged wife Miriam, daughters Cecelia and Georgina; politicians including Charlie McCreevy, Mary Harney, Brian Lenihan, Micheal Martin, Willie O’Dea, Dermot Ahern, Mary O’Rourke and Tony Blair.

The series was edited by Screen Scene’s Nathan Nugent with Ken Galvin completing the sound mix. Gary Curran graded the series with Cóilín Ó’Cearbhaill finishing.