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Wildfire

+ Q&A with director Cathy Brady

When a missing sister returns to her hometown, it sends shockwaves through the community.

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UK-Ireland 2020
Dir Cathy Brady
With Nika McGuigan, Kate Dickie, Nora-Jane Noone, Martin McCann
85min
Digital
Certificate 15

Kelly (McGuigan) was missing, believed dead, but now she’s back and the whole town is talking. Angry and confused, her sister Lauren (Noone) takes her in but finds herself increasingly torn between family loyalty and damage limitation: Kelly is unpredictable and the spectre of mental illness that dogged their late mother hangs thick in the air. As their bond intensifies, historic resentments give way to a shared need to confront the events that scarred them as children, and they soon find themselves on a collision course with everyone around them. Brady’s debut – a hit at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival – is both a masterclass in unease and a superbly performed study of sibling relations.

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