SXSW Interview: ‘WILD ROSE’ director Tom Harper and star Jessie Buckley on the power of a musical drama


Preston Barta // Features Editor

AUSTIN – After the firestorm of success that was A STAR IS BORN, dramas about music have been sprouting up more and more it seems. The Scottish film WILD ROSE, about a young and talented musician from Glasgow (the riveting Jessie Buckley) who chases her dreams of becoming a Nashville country singer, had its regional premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival this week. The film is beautifully tender and has an energy that is absolutely infectious, which is mostly because of Buckley’s incredible performance as the titular Rose-Lynn Harlan.

Fresh Fiction has the opportunity to sit down with star Jessie Buckley and her WILD ROSE director, Tom Harper (WAR & PEACE, PEAKY BLINDERS), at SXSW to talk about how the film puts viewers in touch with the younger selves, their approach to the genre and its loving message.

Our SXSW Interview with WILD ROSE star Jessie Buckley and director Tom Harper:

WILD ROSE premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 11, 2019. Neon will be releases the film in theaters on May 10, 2019. We will keep you updated on any release date changes.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.