Jessie attended the 40th Annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards at The May Fair Hotel yesterday in London, England. Wild Rose was nominated in the following categories: British/Irish Film (The Attenborough Award), British/Irish Actress and Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker (The Philip French Award). Unfortunately, the film didn’t win either category, but Jessie took the stage to receive Renée Zellweger‘s Actress of the Year Award for Judy. She looked beautiful in a black dress and you can check out the photos and videos below:
Jessie Buckley, star of “Wild Rose” and “Chernobyl“, will narrate the audiobook of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Mercies (Picador).
The recording will be released on 6th February 2020 to coincide with the print and e-book publication. Picador acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit for the book, currently scheduled to publish in 15 countries globally.
Millwood Hargrave’s first novel for adults is inspired by real events, beginning on Christmas Eve 1617, when the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm.
The synopsis explains: “As Maren Magnusdatter watches, 40 fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend for themselves. Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty and terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs.”
Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist whose work for children includes The Girl of Ink & Stars (Chicken House).
Irish-born RADA graduate Buckley has starred in Michael Pearce’s critically acclaimed “Beast” alongside Johnny Flynn, in Tom Harper’s “Wild Rose” alongside Julie Walters and Sophie Okenedo, and in the HBO/Sky Atlantic series “Chernobyl” with Emily Watson and Jared Harris. In 2018, she won most promising newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards and Best British or Irish Actress at the Critics Circle Awards.
Picador will also be producing special editions of The Mercies for independent bookshops and Waterstones as well as a main market edition, which will all feature their own exclusive endpapers. The author will be speaking at launch events in London with Waterstones Gower St on 6th February and in Oxford at Blackwell’s, Broad Street, on 8th February. Publication will be supported by a nationwide UK book tour of events and the novel has been chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
Nominations for the 26th Annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee this past weekend, ahead of its March 22nd awards dinner at the historic Lenox Hotel inBoston’s Back Bay. Wild Rose received nominations in two categories: Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
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Our gallery was updated with exclusive stills of Jessie as Rosalyn Wilder in Judy! The film’s already available both on digital platforms and in its physical versions. The story follows the legendary performer Judy Garland, who arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.
North American rights to Benedict Cumberbatch’s civilian spy thriller “Ironbark” have been acquired by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate out of the Sundance Film Festival, insiders close to the deal told Variety.
Roadside, the specialty label currently behind Oscar contender “Judy,” and partial owner Lionsgate emerged out of a competitive, days-long bidding process and won the title. UTA Independent Film Group repped filmmakers in the sale for domestic rights, with FilmNation handling international.
Spokespeople for Roadside and Lionsgate had no immediate comment on the matter. “Ironbark” previously sold out international territories at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Lionsgate grabbed U.K. rights during those sales.
The movie was one of the most anticipated sales titles headed into the annual Park City event, and serves as confirmation that the sales marketing is heating up after days of premieres and overnight negotiations. The world premiere was held on Friday night at the Eccles Theater.
In “Ironbark,” Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne, an ordinary man tapped by his government to help end the Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie was directed by Dominic Cooke (“On Chesil Beach”) from a script by Tom O’Conner. Cooke was artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2007 to 2013. His National Theatre production of “Follies” was nominated for 10 Olivier Awards. Cooke began his transition to television and film with the BAFTA Award–nominated Shakespearean adaptation “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses” for the BBC.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan, Merab Ninidze, Jessie Buckley and Angus Wright co-star. Cumberbatch, who will film the sequel to Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” this summer, also serves as executive producer on the project.
Our gallery was updated with screen captures, stills, behind the scenes photos and promotional images of Jessie as Kelly in the short film Red Light of 2017. It’s a sad and complex tale about the dark side of humanity with an excellent and solid performance by Jessie! Be sure to watch it by clicking here!
Ironbark has just had its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and we’ve already got some first impressions from audience members and official reviews! Unfortunately, Jessie didn’t attend the event, but we managed to catch a glimpse of her performance through the critics!
“It’s a film of broadly sketched relationships, shown also in the specificity-free marriage between Greville and Sheila, played by Jessie Buckley, a wonderful actor most recently underused quite criminally in Dolittle. She has some solid enough emoting to do here but it’s a token wife role, the kind I hope she won’t need to do within a few more years.” See the full review of Benjamin Lee from The Guardian clicking here!
“Of course, Wynne can’t tell anyone what he’s up to – not even his own family. Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Chernobyl) plays Mrs. Wynne, and the fact that her husband once had an affair years earlier has her on high alert when his behavior suddenly changes after being recruited. Buckley is very good in a small role, proving once again that she’s one of the best chameleons in the game right now.” See the full review of Ben Pearson from Slash Film clicking here!
“WILD ROSE breakout star Jessie Buckley also has a really good part as Wynne’s wife, with us getting some insight into exactly what the lied-to spruce has to go through when her husband disappears on trip after trip to Russia, leaving her to her suspicions, with the added wrinkle that Wynne has, in the past, had an affair.” See the full review of Chris Bumbray from JoBlo clicking here!
“Jessie Buckley puts in solid work as Wynne’s wife, who suspects him of infidelity. These types of roles are largely thankless, making a successful rendering all the more impressive.” See the full review of Dan Mecca from The Film Stage clicking here!
“And Wild Rose and Chernobyl breakout Jessie Buckley does what she can with a role that’s just slightly above that of ‘concerned wife’.” See the full review of Adam Chitwood from Collider clicking here!
“Enter Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch, obviously), a jocular businessman of one kind or another who knows how to close a deal, and once sold his wife (played by the great Jessie Buckley, who brings real angst to a sleepy archetype) on staying together after he cheated on her some time ago.” See the full review of David Ehrlich from IndieWire clicking here!
“Cumberbatch and Buckley develop a pure and completely charming connection that adds a rosy hue to this dark portrait of the risks of espionage. Ironbark explores diplomacy, patriotism, virtue, and bravery, but above all else, Greville Wynne reminds us of the simple humanity at the center of every conflict.” See the full review of Joey Paur from Geek Tyrant clicking here!
“They’re bolstered by strong supporting appearances by Rachel Brosnahan as a CIA handler, and Jessie Buckley as Greville’s wife.” See the full review of Johnny Oleksinski from First Showing clicking here!
“As the sympathetic CIA agent Emily Donovan who wants to do right by Greville, Brosnahan is solid in an underwritten role. The same could be said of Buckley, who must play the angry wife who can’t understand why her husband keeps traveling to Moscow when his family needs him in England.” See the full review of Tim Grierson from Screen Daily clicking here!
“While he and Penkovsky grow fond of each other during their frequent meetings, the stress makes Wynne testy with his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) and son (Keir Hills); Sheila has caught him in an affair once, and she’s pretty sure the recent changes in his behavior prove he’s at it again.” See the full review of John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter clicking here!
“Additionally, there are also power struggles in Wynne’s relationship with his wife — notably when he decides to put Penkovsky’s life first, which leads to turmoil in his relationship.” See the full review of Beatrice Verhoeven from The Wrap clicking here!
“Here, the analogy becomes literal, not because there’s anything homoerotic at stake, but since we learn that Wynne had cheated on his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) once before, which makes her understandably suspicious when he starts doing push-ups and disappearing on frequent business trips to the U.S.S.R.” See the full review of Peter Debruge from Variety clicking here!
“Benedict Cumberbatch is the real-life civilian Greville Wynne, a mild-mannered businessman in circa-1960 London with a wife (Chernobyl’s great Jessie Buckley), a young son, and a few ongoing projects in Eastern Europe.” See the full review of Leah Greenblatt from EW clicking here!