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.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.