Wild Rose

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United Kingdom | 2018 | 101 minutes | Tom Harper

Ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) yearns to break free of her humdrum Glasgow life and become a Nashville country-music star in this inspiring and toe-tapping dramedy co-starring Oscar® nominees Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters.

When you think "country star," you probably picture cowboy hat—not ankle monitor. Young mother Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley, star of SIFF 2017's critically acclaimed Beast) is here to shatter that notion. A convicted criminal fresh out of the big house, Rose-Lynn is determined to get her life back on track and rise to stardom a la Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Her goal of leaving behind her job at the local bar in her dreary hometown of Glasgow for the country music mecca of Nashville is met with a few obstacles—one of which is her mother Marion (Oscar® nominee Julie Walters, Billy Elliot); after watching over Rose-Lynn's two children while she was in jail, Marion is quick to call Rose-Lynn out and remind her of her very real life she needs to tend to before chasing a dream. Tom Harper (War Book, 2014) directs this soulful dramedy about the balance between hope and responsibility, featuring the triumphant vocals and knockout performance of relative newcomer Jessie Buckley. Wild Rose takes you on a spirited and heartfelt ride that will leave you rooting for Rose-Lynn to rise above her "9 to 5" and find her own "Tennessee Mountain Home."

Director Biography
Tom Harper is a British writer and director who began his career in short films and television—his award-winning short film CUBS (2006) was nominated for a BAFTA—and is best known for his directing work on BAFTA-nominated series "Misfits" and "War & Peace." Harper has also contributed to "Peaky Blinders" and Amazon's "Electric Dreams." Wild Rose, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, is Harper's fourth feature film as director.

Sponsored by The Walls Vineyards 

  • Director: Tom Harper
  • Principal Cast: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Producer: Faye Ward
  • Screenplay: Nicole Taylor
  • Cinematographers: George Steel
  • Editors: Mark Eckersley
  • Music: Jack Arnold
  • Awards: Dublin International Film Festival, 2019 (Dublin Film Critics Award)
  • Filmography: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014); War Book (2014); The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: NEON