Jessie Buckley has won two awards for her performance, including at the Dublin Film Festival, and has been widely acclaimed by the critics. Buckley stars as Rose-Lynn Harlan, a misfit from Glasgow who wants nothing more than to be a country music singer in Nashville. As if that path isn’t complicated enough, Rose-Lynn is a mother of two and an ex-con in an ankle tether who spends her days working as a housekeeper. It’s a sob story worthy of, well, a country song. Buckley makes it sing. Her Rose-Lynn, dressed in her tasseled leather jacket and white cowboy boots, is a firecracker whose short fuse is always lit. Her mother (Julie Walters) is fed up with her irresponsibility and the indifference she shows her children, and thinks its time she gives up her pipe dreams of country music stardom and grows up. Though it has the underpinnings of a typical rags-to-riches music tale, Wild Rose, directed by Tom Harper from a script by Nicole Taylor, avoids both cliches and the road typically travelled by these films. It’s not just the Glasgow setting that gives it its teeth. It’s Buckley’s heartbreaking, heart-stopping performance, and her character’s strict adherence to the old country music ethos of three chords and the truth.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall