Film Constellation have released the first poster and a ‘Making Of’ video for Cathy Brady’s TIFF Discovery title Wildfire. The film will have its world premiere today, Wednesday 16th September.
Wildfire already looks to be a hit, attracting praise from Irish Times critic Donald Clarke calling it “an insidious, occasionally disturbing probe into the liminal (and limnal, come to think of it) spaces along the Irish border. Great set pieces. Brash imagery. A startlingly intense performance from the late Nika McGuigan seals the deal” and Screen International praising the creative dynamic “Brady’s work with the two lead actors which distinguishes the picture”.
An inseparable pair brought up in a small town by the Irish border, Lauren and Kelly’s lives fell apart with the mysterious death of their mother. Left to pick up the pieces, Lauren is confronted with their dark past when Kelly returns home having been missing for a year. An intense sisterhood reignited, Kelly’s desire to unearth their history is not welcomed by all, and the town is rife with rumours and malice that threaten to overwhelm them.
Wildfire is written and directed by Cathy Brady. The film stars Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn, Doomsday), Nika McGuigan (Philomena), Kate Dickie (The Witch, Prometheus) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist, ’71).
Tempesta Films’ Carlo Cresto-Dina (Happy As Lazzaro) is producing with Cowboy Films’ Charles Steel (The Last King of Scotland, Top Boy) and Samson Films’ David Collins (Once, Float Like A Butterfly)
An Irish-UK co-production, Wildfire was supported through development and production by the BFI (using funds from the National Lottery), Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and the Wellcome Trust. Film4, Sulcata Productions, Illium and Lexis Media also co-financed production. Lizzie Francke, Celine Haddad, Lauren Dark, Emma Duffy, Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are the executive producers.