Today, we are delighted to see Screen Scotland supported films, Wild Rose and Yuli released in cinemas across the UK.
Written by Glasgow-born Nicole Taylor, directed by Tom Harper, and starring Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters, Wild Rose is a comedy-drama about mothers and daughters, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth.
The film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival last year. Wild Rose is produced by Faye Ward of Fable Pictures, and supported by Film4, BFI Film Fund and received £500,000 Screen Scotland funding.
Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. She is also fresh out of jail and has two young kids to support. All she wants to do is get the hell out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer.
Rose-Lynn thinks her only chance of happiness lies in the Country capital of the world – Nashville, Tennessee. Marion, Rose-Lynn’s mother (Julie Walters) wants her to settle down, accept her life, and take responsibility for herself, but when a chance encounter brings Rose-Lynn closer to her dreams of Nashville, she faces what she perceives as a choice between family and stardom.
Yuli tells the story of Cuban dancer, Carlos Acosta (who stars as himself), from his beginnings in a poor neighbourhood of Havana until becoming the star of one of the biggest ballet companies in the world.
The production is directed by Icíar Bollaín, whose previous work includes The Olive Tree, Even the Rain and Take My Eyes, and is written by Scottish writer, Paul Laverty, whose extensive body of work includes I, Daniel Blake, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Sweet Sixteen and Bread and Roses.
Yuli received its World Premiere at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2018, where Paul Laverty won the award for Best Screenplay. The film’s UK Premiere took place in February 2019 at Glasgow Film Festival.
Produced by Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions and Juan Gordon of Morena Films, the film is a co-production with Galapagos Media, Hijo De Ogun A.I.E. (Spain), Mandarin Produccion (France), Match Factory Productions (Germany) and Producciones 5TA Avenida, together with ICAIC (Cuba), and is supported by BBC Films, Movistar +, Eurimages, ICAA, FFA and Berlin Medienfund, and received £300,000 Screen Scotland funding. The Match Factory will be responsible for international sales of the film, and Entertainment One Films Spain (eOne Films) will be the distributor in Spain.
Yuli (Carlos's nickname) is a gifted boy who doesn't want to be a dancer but who, forced by his father Pedro, and tutored by the professor and director of the Cuban National School of Ballet, Cherry, will become one of the best dancers of his generation, breaking taboos on becoming the first black dancer to play Romeo at the Royal Ballet in London, where he forged his stellar career and his legend for 17 years.
Yuli is a film about roots, about the relationship between Carlos and his father, with his family, with Cuba. Yuli is about art, about the sacrifice of dedicating one's life to that art and, above all, about what we are.