Modern Films has secured UK and Ireland rights to Irish drama Wildfire, which recently won director Cathy Brady a top award at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF).
The UK distributor plans to release the feature theatrically in spring 2021 after striking the deal with Film Constellation, which is handling worldwide sales on the film and is in discussion with buyers at the virtual AFM this week.
Wildfire received its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival before screening at the LFF, where Brady won the £50,000 IWC Schaffhausen filmmaker bursary award for best first or second feature.
The drama, also written by Brady, centres on two sisters who grew up on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. When one of them, who has been missing, returns home, the sisters’ bond is reignited before secrets and resentments from their mother’s past threaten to overwhelm them.
Nika McGuigan — who died in 2019 at the age of 33 — and Nora-Jane Noone co-star as the two sisters alongside Kate Dickie, Martin McCann and Screen Star of Tomorrow Helen Behan.
Producers are Tempesta Films’ Carlo Cresto-Dina, Cowboy Films’ Charles Steel and Samson Films’ David Collins. The film is co-financed by the BFI, Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Film4, Great Point Media and the Wellcome Trust.