Wild Rose is a 2018 British musical drama film directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness, Janey Godley, Daisy Littlefeld, Ryan Kerr, Adam Mitchell and Nicole Kerr. The screenplay was written by Nicole Taylor.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018 and was released on 12 April 2019, by Entertainment One in the United Kingdom.
- Jessie Buckley as Rose-Lynn Harlan
- Julie Walters as Marion
- Sophie Okonedo as Susannah
- Jamie Sives as Sam
- Craig Parkinson as Alan
- James Harkness as Elliot
- Janey Godley as Barmaid
- Daisy Littlefeld as Wynonna
- Adam Mitchell as Lyle
- Ryan Kerr as Rory
- Nicole Kerr as Nell
- The film also features cameo appearances from Kacey Musgraves, Ashley McBryde and Bob Harris.
The soundtrack features both original songs written exclusively for the film and covers of songs by established country artists such as Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, Chris Stapleton, Hank Snow, folk artists John Prine and Patty Griffin as well as indie rock band Primal Scream. All songs are performed by singer Jessie Buckley with the exception of tracks 17, 18 and 19 (which are performed by The Bluegrass Smugglers) and track 20 (which is performed by Hillary Klug). The album charted at No. 76 on the British album chart.
It’s the stuff of classic country tunes, this tale of heartache, honky-tonkin’ and hard-won redemption. It’s also the stuff of every movie about an underdog who dreams of music stardom, with its hardscrabble origins, a raw talent, inner demons and a final triumph upon a glittering stage.
But “Wild Rose” trashes those tropes and repeatedly upends your expectations of how a film like this is supposed to play out — how it should look, how it should sound. It also has the benefit of an electrifying, star-making performance in Irish actress Jessie Buckley. As the title character, she is truly wild in all the best and worst possible ways: unfiltered and unpredictable, manic and magnetic, a charmer and a child. But while director Tom Harper gives Buckley the opportunity to take over the screen and mesmerize us, he also knows well enough to sit back and watch and listen during the quiet moments. When Buckley’s Rose allows herself to be vulnerable, to expose herself to the uncomfortable revelations that come with introspection, it can be as powerful as when she’s belting out a song from the heart.
A sweet, stirring, and yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of a singer with ambition (and pipes to match), the movie “Wild Rose” is like the anti-“A Star Is Born.” Set in Glasgow, Scotland, and centering on a young single mother and ex-con who dreams of moving to Nashville to become a country singer, this small, glitz-free drama is a bracing counterpoint to that Oscar winner, which garnered several nominations, including one for its star, Lady Gaga.