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Festival Gala

Wild Rose

This delightful and infectiously joyous film finds a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood.

Dir Tom Harper
Prod Faye Ward
Scr Nicole Taylor
With Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters
UK Distribution Entertainment One

To write a country song you need ‘three chords and the truth’, according to songwriter Harlan Howard’s famous truism. But is it really that simple if you’re a Glaswegian single mum fresh out of prison and with no job? 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley, who impressed in Beast) is a chaotic burst of incorrigibly bad behaviour, charisma and an electrifying set of vocal chords. All she has ever wanted is to sing country music. And she’s convinced that she can only do that in Nashville. LFF alumni director Tom Harper (War Book, BBC’s War & Peace) makes a cracking return to the Festival with debutant feature screenwriter Nicole Taylor (BAFTA winner for her BBC three-part series Three Girls), who sensitively explores the challenges of modern motherhood. A magnificent Julie Walters is Rose-Lynn’s frustrated mother, her no-nonsense working-class grit putting her at odds with her dreamer daughter, while Sophie Okonedo shines as an idealistic benefactor wanting to back Rose-Lynn. But the knockout blow is delivered by the superstar-making performance of the irrepressible Buckley (dazzlingly delivering the songs throughout). If your heart don’t soar watching this, you just ain’t got one.

Tricia Tuttle

Additional information

The screenings on Mon 15 and Tue 16 Oct have an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. Headphones are available on request at the venue.

The screening on Tue 16 Oct has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

16-25 year olds can book special £5 tickets in advance. Find out more!

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