Burt man stars in ‘Fifty Shades’ college campaign video

Domhnaill Harkin in a scene from the campaign video.
Domhnaill Harkin in a scene from the campaign video.
  • Burt man Domhnaill Harkin is running for welfare officer at DCU
  • His campaign video has been going viral
  • The election for welfare officer takes place next week

An Inishowen man bidding to become DCU’s student welfare officer has parodied the film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in an original campaign video.

Domhnaill Harkin, from Burt, is a final year Law student at Dublin City University. (DCU)

His campaign video is titled ‘Fifty Shades of Domhnaill’ and has already been viewed over 2,000 times on Youtube and made headlines across the country.

The video, which is directed by Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick - who also plays an impressive Anastasia - was made in the hope it would entice his fellow students to vote for him as student welfare officer at the university.

The campaign video parodies some of the popular film’s most famous scenes and also highlights the key points of the 20-year-old’s campaign.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Domhnaill, a former Head Boy at Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, said a “lot of effort” went into making the video.

He said: “It was a friend’s idea. Fifty Shades of Grey is very topical and we had the funny bits and also the serious piece. It seems to be doing really well, thankfully.”

Domhnaill told how he was “unsure” whether to run for welfare officer at first, but was encouraged to by friends, who pointed out he had a strong background in working with young people.

He was previously a member of Donegal Youth Council and also worked alongside SpunOut.ie which promotes positive mental health, one of the issues Domhnaill hopes to work on and promote if he is elected.

The elections for welfare officer take place next week, with Domhnaill, who is the son of Suzanne and John Harkin, stating he “couldn’t call” who is going to be elected.

Fifty Shades of Grey is very topical and we had the funny bits and also the serious piece. It seems to be doing really well, thankfully.

He said: “There are a lot of strong candidates. I hope I win, but I really couldn’t call it.”