Writer and Director: Cathy Brady
The Irish entries into the London Film Festival are always some of the most exciting in the programme and this year is no different with the excellent animation Wolfwalkers and resonant drama Herself providing female-led stories that have opened to much acclaim. But make some time for Cathy Brady’s powerful Wildfire about sisters confronting the effect and stigma of family tragedy.
Returning to a border town in Northern Ireland after a long absence, Kelly hitches her way home, still troubled by an alleged suicide years before. Arriving at Lauren’s house, the sisters are confronted by their memories when Kelly starts to wear a coat she finds in the shed. As the family reconnects, the high-spirited Kelly’s behaviour concerns the more buttoned-up Lauren, and their lives are turned upside down as their unprocessed grief emerges.
The visual remnants of the struggle for a united Ireland are