Irish Premiere of Cathy Brady’s IFTA-winning Film WILDFIRE Starring Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane NooneExcalibur Press Newsroom
Wildcard Distribution with Clones Film Festival supported by Monaghan County Council will host a special premiere screening of Cathy Brady’s WILDFIRE starring Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane Noone in Barry McGuigan Park in Clones, Monaghan this coming Sunday, 29th August.
The special outdoor screening will be dedicated to the memory of the late Nika McGuigan, who won the Best Actress (Film) IFTA Award for her outstanding performance in the film. The film’s writer/director Cathy Brady who received the Best Director IFTA Award and Nika’s IFTA-nominated co-star Nora-Jane Noone will be in attendance along with Nika’s family, friends and special guests.
Ahead of the screening her parents, Barry and Sandra McGuigan will be presented with her IFTA award by founder and Chief Executive of the Irish Film and Television Academy, Aine Moriarty.
Speaking about the upcoming screening, Nika’s father, former World Featherweight Boxing Champion, Barry McGuigan said:
“My family and I are delighted that the first outdoor screening of my beloved daughter Nika’s film is being shown in my hometown of Clones. It is a fitting tribute to her legacy and exceptional talent. Our hearts are broken that Nika is not here to see the success of her last performance but my family and I are comforted to see it on the big screen with our friends, family and the community in Clones. My sincere thanks to Wildcard Distribution, the amazing volunteers in Clones Film Festival and the support of all in Monaghan County Council.”
WILDFIRE is Cathy Brady’s feature debut and stars Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn, The Magdalene Sisters) alongside Nika McGuigan (Philomena, The Secret Scripture). The six-time IFTA nominated film received its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will be released in cinemas across Ireland and the UK from 3rd September.
Born within a year of each other, LAUREN (Nora-Jane Noone) and KELLY (Nika McGuigan) are ‘Irish twins’. You’d never see one without the other, but over the years the mystery of their mother’s death tore them apart. Kelly, keen to escape their insular town, drifted away and disappeared a year ago. Lauren’s life has been on hold since reporting her sister missing.
Kelly’s unexpected return sees a surge of every raw emotion between the sisters. Lauren doesn’t know whether to kiss her or hit her. But as they begin to relive memories of their mother, the sister’s become inseparable. Their bond is stronger than ever and Kelly’s desire for the truth is dangerously reignited. As Kelly digs deeper, not everyone is ready. In this border town secrets are meant to stay buried, and Lauren has been keeping the biggest one of all.
As the truth about their mother begins to surface, Kelly’s mood darkens. But Lauren is blinded, around Kelly she feels alive again, her marriage and job pale in comparison. The town is starting to notice, rumours about the girls’ strange behaviour spread like wildfire. Lauren must decide to confront their mother’s past with Kelly or risk losing her for good. Time is running out and no one can be trusted. The sisters must escape and face the truth or be consumed by the town and its lies.
Wildcard Distribution will release WILDFIRE in Ireland and Northern Ireland on 3rd September 2021.