In Wild Rose, Jessie Buckley (The Woman in White) stars as a young Scottish mother fresh out of prison, who dreams of becoming a country singer. The movie, from director Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, War & Peace) and writer Nicole Taylor (Three Girls, The Hour) is far more uplifting than that short description may make it sound (she was in prison for throwing bags of heroin over the prison walls to fund her dream, no less — it’s a comedy as well!) In the buoyant new trailer, we see Buckley’s Rose struggling to achieve her aspirations while also needing to take responsibility for her two children, something her mother (played by Julie Walters) reminds her of constantly.
Our own Steve Weintraub interviewed Buckley, Harper, and Taylor during the Toronto International Film Festival, which you can watch here. “During the wide-ranging interview they talked about what the film is about, where the idea came from, the popularity of country music in Glasgow, how Taylor’s script connected with Tom Harper, what changed from script to screen, what they learned from test screenings that impacted the finished film, how they found Jessie Buckley, and a lot more.”
Buckley, Harper, and Taylor have each been responsible for some of my favorite British series of the last several years, so I am really looking forward to this movie, which got a lot of positive buzz at TIFF (and could be a star-making turn for the talented Buckley). Wild Rose also stars Sophie Okonedo, James Harkness, and Jamie Sives, and is slated for a May 2019 U.S. release. Check out the trailer below:
The official synopsis for Wild Rose:
Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma, and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer. Her mum Marion has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house. A comedy-drama about mothers and daughters, dreams and reality and three chords and the truth.