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A film by Newry Writer/ Director Cathy Brady will have its world premiere at September's Toronto International Film Festival.

 Wildfire is the first feature film from Newry writer/director Cathy Brady, a two-time IFTA-winning director who won Best Short Film in 2011 and again in 2013. Starring the late Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Traders), and Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn, The Magdalene Sisters, The Descent) Wildfire tells the story of a missing woman who returns home, igniting an intense bond with her sister. United they unearth their mother’s past but the truth has devastating consequences.

Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan in Wildfire
Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan who star in Wildfire

Speaking about the film’s selection writer/director Cathy Brady said; “I’m deeply honoured and proud to have Wildfire premiere at TIFF. This film is very close to our hearts and all the more poignant as Nika our incredible co lead actress lost her brief but brave battle with cancer during post-production. What a tribute it will be to finally share this film at TIFF. Thank you to all the cast, crew, producers and financiers for your support and dedication.”

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place from 10-19 September and has been tailored to fit the moment, with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences, and industry talks. In recent years, films from Northern Ireland have had a consistent presence at TIFF with six films selected for screening in the past five years.

 It has been an incredible week for the screen industry in the north with another project Nowhere Special also having its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival.

Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “It is certainly a good week for the screen industry when two internationally renowned film festivals have selected two films that were made in Northern Ireland. It is particularly exciting and well deserved that an A-list festival such as Toronto has chosen to champion Cathy’s debut feature film.

Venice and Toronto are incredible platforms at which to showcase local talent. Audiences at both festivals are in for a real treat. We offer our huge congratulations to the cast and crew involved in Nowhere Special and Wildfire.”

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