Wild Rose (film)

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Wild Rose
Wild Rose poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Harper
Produced byFaye Ward
Written byNicole Taylor
Music byJack Arnold
CinematographyGeorge Steel
Edited byMark Eckersley
Distributed byEntertainment One
Release date
  • 8 September 2018 (2018-09-08) (TIFF)
  • 12 April 2019 (2019-04-12) (United Kingdom)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$7.1 million[1][2]

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.

The film received positive reviews, with Buckley earning a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her performance.


Rose-Lynn Harlan, an aspiring country singer and single mother of two from Glasgow, is released from jail after a twelve-month sentence for attempted drug smuggling. She learns that she has lost her job in the house band at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry, as the manager refuses to employ an ex-felon. Rose-Lynn's mother Marion, who has been caring for her two young children while Rose-Lynn was in jail, encourages her to give up her dream of becoming a musician to focus on more practical careers and take care of her family.

Rose-Lynn takes a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy local woman, Susannah. Susannah's children overhear Rose-Lynn singing while cleaning one day and inform their mother, who confides that she is also a country music fan. Rose-Lynn asks Susannah for money to travel to Nashville and try to make it as a musician, but Susannah declines. However, she does get in contact with BBC Radio presenter Bob Harris and sends him a recording of Rose-Lynn's singing; he offers to meet with her if she comes to London. Rose-Lynn appears before a judge to ask him to lift her curfew so she can travel, and he agrees. She travels by train to London and sits in on a live performance by the visiting Ashley McBryde. Harris encourages her to keep performing and figure out what she has to say so she can start writing her own songs.

Susannah offers Rose-Lynn a performing gig at her upcoming house party, where she intends to ask her guests to contribute to Rose-Lynn's Nashville fund in lieu of gifts. Rose-Lynn asks Marion to watch the children in the week leading up to the party so she can rehearse, but Marion declines to cancel her holiday plans, so she is forced to shuttle her kids around to various friends who agree to watch them. The day before the performance, Susannah's husband pulls Rose-Lynn aside and says he knows about her arrest, threatening to tell his wife unless Rose-Lynn agrees to stay away from his children after her performance.

Rose-Lynn's son breaks his arm while playing unattended at home, and the doctors at the hospital say they can't get a cast put on until after Rose-Lynn's planned performance. Marion arrives to help and Rose-Lynn begs her to stay and watch her son so she can get to the party; Marion agrees but chews her out for neglecting her family while pursuing her dream. Rose-Lynn rushes to the party to perform, but she breaks down and rushes off stage. She confesses to Susannah that she lied about her criminal record and about having children, then leaves the party.

Rose-Lynn returns home and dedicates herself to taking care of her kids. Some time later, Marion gifts her with a large sum of money she's saved up, enough for her to travel to Nashville and pursue her dreams again, having seen that Rose-Lynn has seen the error in her ways. Rose-Lynn tries to reject the money, but Marion expresses her own regret about failing to accomplish what she wanted in life due to having kids. Rose-Lynn travels to Nashville and discovers how difficult it is to find gigs and get noticed. She sneaks on stage at the Ryman Auditorium during a backstage tour and sings an impromptu song to the empty building. A security guard approaches her afterward and offers to introduce her to a record producer, but Rose-Lynn decides to return to Glasgow, having realised that her future lies in her home town.

One year later, Rose-Lynn performs an original song at Celtic Connections titled “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” and receives raucous applause.


The film also features cameo appearances from Kacey Musgraves, Ashley McBryde and Bob Harris.[3]


(L-R) Nicole Taylor, Tom Harper, and Jessie Buckley discuss the film in 2018

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018.[4] Shortly after, NEON acquired distribution rights to the film.[5] It screened at the BFI London Film Festival on 15 October 2018[6] and at South by Southwest in March 2019.[7] It was released in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2019, by Entertainment One and in the United States on 21 June 2019 by NEON.[8][9]


Wild Rose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 12, 2019
Singles from Wild Rose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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.[10] 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.[11]

Wild Rose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ArtistLength
1."Country Girl"Primal Scream4:48
2."Outlaw State of Mind"Chris Stapleton3:16
3."Born to Run"Paul KennerleyEmmylou Harris3:14
4."Peace in This House"
  • Doug Gill
  • Angela Kaset
Wynonna Judd4:41
5."I'm Moving On"Hank SnowHank Snow2:16
6."Crying Over"Patty GriffinPatty Griffin5:57
7."Angel from Montgomery"John PrineJohn Prine4:05
8."Cigarette Row (5 O'Clock Freedom)" N/A3:02
9."Alright to Be All Wrong (The Dreamer's Song)" N/A3:04
10."When I Reach the Place I'm Goin'"Wynonna Judd3:21
11."Glasgow (No Place Like Home)"
12."Goin' Back to Harlan"Anna McGarrigleEmmylou Harris4:29
13."Covered in Regret (Blue, Black and Red)" N/A4:12
14."Robbing the Bank of Life (Stealing the Night)" N/A2:21
15."That's the View from Here (Famous Folks Are Weird)" N/A5:08
16."Boulder to Birmingham"Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris4:38
17."Euston Hustle" N/A1:16
18."The Red Kitchen" N/A0:56
19."The Beach" N/A2:21
20."Le Petit Chat Gris" N/A1:20
21."Glasgow (No Place Like Home) [live from the Old Fruit Market, Glasgow)" N/A4:13


Wild Rose received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 94% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 161 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.78/10. The site's consensus reads: "There's no shortage of star-is-born stories, but Wild Rose proves they can still be thoroughly entertaining -- and marks its own transcendent moment for lead Jessie Buckley".[12] Metacritic reports a score of 80/100, based on 32 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[13]

"Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" from the movie's soundtrack won for Best Song at the 25th Critics' Choice Awards, tying with Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman.[14][15]

Jessie Buckley received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for her role as Rose-Lynn.[16]


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  15. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/8547864/rocketman-joker-music-wins-2020-critics-choice-awards
  16. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jan/07/the-full-list-of-nominations-for-the-baftas-2020

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