‘Wild Rose’ Movie Review: Ballad of a Honky-Tonk Woman 

Wild Rose’ is more than just an underdog story about a single mother with Nashville dreams—it’s a breakout movie for its star. Our review.

It’s a standard-issue plot: A young, single, Scottish mother of two, recently paroled from prison, harbors dreams of country-music stardom in Nashville. Don’t be fooled. Wild Rose is anything but the same old underdog story. And chances are you’ll fall fast and hard for breakout star Jessie Buckley. This classically trained Irish singer and actress was a runner-up on a BBC singing competition and won roles in film (Beast) and TV (War and Peace, HBO’s Chernobyl). She’s a skyrocketing talent — and the full range of her gifts are on display here.

As 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan, an untamable bundle of impulsive energy, Buckley lets it rip. The ex-con is a comet slowed in her flight by a court-ordered ankle bracelet, an interfering mother (Julie Walters), and self-destructive tendencies with both drugs and men. Working from a script by Nicole Taylor, director Tom Harper makes a few by-the-numbers stops with Rose-Lynn getting it on with boyfriend Elliot (James Harkness) and showing little aptitude for mothering her children, who are five and eight years old. Fortunately, the script takes an intriguing twist by focusing not on the men in Rose-Lynn’s screwed-up life, but on the women who challenge and provoke her. Walters is reliably superb as Marion, the mother who’s tired of taking shit. It’s Marion who pushes Rose into a housekeeping job for Susannah (the outstanding Sophie Okonedo), a free-spirited Brit whose Scot husband (Jamie Sives) has put her and their two young kids in a pumpkin shell that looks like a mansion. It’s Susannah and the kids who hear Rose singing around the house and decide she’s star material.

They’re right. The movie knows it. And you’ll know it, too. Harper directs a terrific scene of Rose-Lynn singing as she cleans house, backed by an imaginary band scattered around the premises.. Buckley can sing country like a honky-tonk angel (she also co-wrote most of the songs) and her stage presence is electric. She’s a hellraiser on stage and off, preferring not to pour herself a whiskey when she can swill it right out of the bottle. Rose-Lynn’s voice is as emphatic as her strut in white cowboy boots and fringed leather jacket. But it’s the way Buckley digs into the bruised soul of her character that makes her incandescent.

Rose-Lynn’s country goal seems out of reach until Susannah sparks a crowd-funding project to send her to Nashville and the film sets us up for the usual rags to riches finale. That things don’t happen that way is a tribute to the creative team behind Wild Rose. If country is, as Rose-Lynn says, “three chords and the truth,” she is slow to accept the harsh realities about herself and incorporate them into her music. But when she does, sneaking onto an empty stage at Nashville’s fabled Ryman Auditorium (former home to the Grand Ole Opry) to sing a capella, prepare for an emotional wipeout.

Source: ‘Wild Rose’ Movie Review: Ballad of a Honky-Tonk Woman – Rolling Stone

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Catgod “Feel It Go Round”

Listen to Feel It Go Round, the album title track from Catgod – Oxford-based sibling duo Robin Christensen-Marriott and Catherine Marriott.

Catgodis the musical project of Oxford-based sibling duo Robin Christensen-Marriott and Catherine Marriott. September sees the release of their debut album, Feel It Go Round which is preceded by a double A-side single of tracks including the title track and live favourite Blood.

Feel It Go Round is resplendent with plaintive vocals, lilting rhythms and lyrics of peace and acceptance. The duo evoke a pastoral, hushed reverie, inspired by and recalling luminaries such as Phoebe Bridges and Lamb, and the hazy psychedelia calls to mind legends such as Fairport Convention by way of the eccentric vocal melodies of Kate Bush.

Source: Premiere: Catgod – Feel It Go Round | Folk Radio UK

Lambs Of God actress Jessica Barden is still stunned by her overnight success

She first came into the public eye in the cult Netflix drama End Of The F***ing World and is now starring in the much hyped Lambs of God.

‘I’m filming in Hollywood right now and I feel that it’s so random that this happened to me.’

‘I’m really grateful for the opportunities I get. But I do spend a lot of time thinking about how lucky I am so I don’t become complacent about it.’

Jessica Barden is a star in the much-hyped Lambs of God, an Australian television drama series on Foxtel’s Showcase.

Lambs of God is gothic thriller about three nuns living in an isolated convent by the coast whose lives are changed by a unwanted visitor.

Source: Lambs Of God actress Jessica Barden is still stunned by her overnight success  | Daily Mail Online

It’s a Billy Bragg Takeover! – BBC Sounds

Billy Bragg is live in the studio, guitar in hand, taking your requests.

A special edition of Now Playing as Billy Bragg helps Tom and the team curate a listener-led…. Billy Bragg playlist. He’ll be playing requests live on the show as well. Expect classics from the Bragg back catalogue as well as songs from artists that have influenced and been influenced by the man himself.

Listen at: Now Playing @6Music – It’s a Billy Bragg Takeover! – BBC Sounds