Cathy Brady’s Wildfire to World Premiere at 2020 Toronto International Film Festival
Cathy Brady’s debut feature film Wildfire has been selected to World Premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. This year the festival will be a hybrid physical and online event owing to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Nora-Jane Noone and the late Nika McGuigan play two sisters who grew up in the shadow of the Irish/Northern Irish border. When one of them, who has been missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is reignited. Together they unearth their mother’s past but uncovered secrets and resentments which have been buried deep threaten to overwhelm them.
Brady’s journey in making this film began by casting McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Traders) and Noone (Brooklyn, The Magdalene Sisters, The Descent). From there, over a year-long workshop process of improvisations, transcript, rehearsal, voice and dance drills, she created the story and wrote the script. Brady has previously worked with McGuigan on the first series of Deadpan Pictures’ hit comedy Can’t Cope. Won’t Cope.
Wildfireis produced by Carlo Cresto-Dina for Tempesta Films, Charles Steel for Cowboy Films, and David Collins for Samson Films. Lizzie Francke, Celine Haddad, Lauren Dark, Emma Duffy, Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are executive producers, with support coming from the BFI, Screen IrelandFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., Northern Ireland Screen and the Wellcome Trust, with Film4, Sulcata Productions, Illium and Lexis Media as co-financiers.
The films selected for TIFF 2020 will play over the event’s first five days as physical, socially distanced screenings providing the festival gets the green-light from local authorities for the event to go ahead. Large gatherings are still not permitted in Toronto. Few international press and industry are expected to attend the festival in person, with screenings and market business also taking place online.
We began this year planning for a 45th Festival much like our previous editions but along the way we had to rethink just about everything. This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover. We’re thankful to every filmmaker and company that joined us on this adventure, and we can’t wait to share these brilliant films with our audiences.
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head – TIFF
TIFF 2020 is a special edition and symbolizes what is possible when collaboration, ingenuity, and passion take centre stage. It’s also a time for us to celebrate and affirm some of the founding values of TIFF, including the power film has to propel us forward as a society and present a diversity of voices. I’m proud and excited to share these films with audiences.
Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head – TIFF
Toronto Lineup 2020
180 Degree Rule Farnoosh Samadi | Iran 76 Days Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA Ammonite Francis Lee | United Kingdom Another Round (Druk) Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark Bandar Band Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany Beans Tracey Deer | Canada Beginning (Dasatskisi) Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) Wang Jing | China Bruised Halle Berry | USA City Hall Frederick Wiseman | USA Concrete Cowboy Ricky Staub | USA Opening Night Film – David Byrne’sAmerican Utopia Spike Lee | USA The Disciple Chaitanya Tamhane | India Enemies of the State Sonia Kennebeck | USA Falling Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom The Father Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France Fauna Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA Gaza mon amour Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) I-Fan Wang | Taiwan Good Joe Bell Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA I Care A Lot J Blakeson | United Kingdom Inconvenient Indian Michelle Latimer | Canada The Inheritance Ephraim Asili | USA Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark Limbo Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France MLK/FBI Sam Pollard | USA The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada New Order (Nuevo orden) Michel Franco | Mexico Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal Nomadland Chloé Zhao | USA No Ordinary Man Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada Notturno Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany One Night in Miami Regina King | USA Penguin Bloom Glendyn Ivin | Australia Pieces of a Woman Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) Lili Horvát | Hungary Quo Vadis, Aïda? Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey Shadow In The Cloud Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand Shiva Baby Emma Seligman | USA/Canada Spring Blossom Suzanne Lindon | France Closing Night Presentation – A Suitable Boy Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India Summer of 85 (Été 85) François Ozon | France The Third Day Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom Trickster Michelle Latimer | Canada True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) Naomi Kawase | Japan Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) Miwa Nishikawa | Japan Violation Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada WildfireCathy BradyCathy Brady is a two-time IFTA-winning director from Newry, Co. Down best known for her work on Can't Cope, Won't Cope and upcoming feature Wildfire. More | United Kingdom/Ireland