McCann At The Movies: Kerry’s Jessie Buckley Simply Owns ‘Wild Rose’ From Start To Finish

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John McCann says Kerry native Jessie Buckley shines in entertaning musical feature ‘Wild Rose’…

Following on from its successful showing as part of the recent Dingle International Film Festival, the new feature from Tom Harper and starring Killarney’s own Jessie Buckley gets its long awaited release this week at Tralee Omniplex.

‘Wild Rose’ tells the complex story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children.

Having worked with Tom Harper on BBC’s War and Peace series and having initially having found fame for displaying her musical talents in BBC’s 2008 series ‘I’d Do Anything’, it was quite clear from the outset that this was the perfect fit for Kerry native Jessie Buckley who dazzled in her first top billing role last year in ‘Beast’.

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What was pleasantly surprising also was that not only was she impeccably suited for the role, but that this was yet another ‘A Star is Born’ type movie that has been seen many times before, but somehow, thanks to some superb writing by Nicole Taylor, excellent supporting players including the always magnificent Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo, and another remarkable lead performance by Jessie Buckley, manages to dish out a fresh and raw spin on a well worn tale and is a film that will evokes all types of emotions over its 101 min running time.

Jessie Buckley in ‘Wild Rose’.

Killarney really is a hotbed of acting talent at the moment with Jessie Buckley deservedly spoken about in the same tones as her local counterpart Michael Fassbender.

Wild Rose is another feature she simply owns from start to finish and with her musical talents leading to her writing six of the songs of what is an amazing soundtrack (and this from a non-country music fan!), Buckley is central to all that is great about this feature from many different angles.

Wild Rose is a pretty entertaining and gutsy bit of film making with one of our own lighting up the screen in the process and that is surely something worth getting behind and celebrating.

Overall, if it’s entertainment, heartfelt drama, some moments of real humour and a soundtrack that will have you toe tapping for days then look no further than ‘Wild Rose’.


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