WILDFLOWER

Genre: Drama

Pages: 14

Premise

Following the death of her mother, 11-year-old Fiadh moves from Dublin to the Connemara countryside to live with her aunt and uncle. Struggling with life in her new family, she is convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems.

Writer’s Statement

‘Wildflower’ is about family love and the way in which families can reshape and grow. It’s a story about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of loss and grief.

The story follows Fiadh (11), who has been sent to live with her uncle’s family after her mother’s death. Starting with her arrival and following her over the course of her first weekend, we are brought into the family’s domestic world with its daily chores and routines. While the family welcome her into their home with open arms, Fiadh is withdrawn and finds it difficult to cope with her emotions and adapt to her new environment.

Thematically, the story is driven by Fiadh’s desire for order. The desire to feel safe, connect and belong. When she gets to her new home, she goes into survival mode, she is emotionally frozen and needs to learn to deal with her own feelings and gain the trust of her new family, in order to love and be loved again. Although ‘Wildflower’ touches on childhood tragedy, it is not simply about a girl who loses her mother and goes to live with relatives. It is not about death. It is about the opposite, life. This is a story infused with quiet moments of observation, the gentle tensions within family life, and simple acts of kindness. It contrasts the darker side of childhood innocence with the simple joys of being a child.

‘Wildflower’ is grounded in moments of everyday life and the idea of home and what it means to be a family. The film combines a gentle, naturalistic approach to storytelling with an Italian neo-realism aesthetic, in which we see a fragile new household on the edge of running aground.

In writing ‘Wildflower’, I wanted to create a film with an evocative and poetic flavour. The film uses visual metaphor through the recurring image of wildflowers. At the beginning, the pressed wildflowers in the notebook represent the past and everything Fiadh has lost. As the events of the film move forward, the meaning behind the image changes. Through her cousin Lily’s compassion, wildflowers become the means by which Fiadh is able to connect with her new family. Finally, following Fiadh’s realisation that she is there to stay and she stands at the water’s edge, casting wildflower petals into the sea is a means of release.

‘Wildflower’ is a luminous film that contains both sadness and hope at the same time. It is told through an authentic lens, in which the audience is invited to witness Fiadh’s experience of her reality, to see Fiadh’s world through her eyes. It is a delicate portrait in which we see her experiencing all the confusing emotions that make us human. It is a story in which we are left with the feeling that there is always the possibility of hope and courage and the promise of future joy.


Official Selections & Awards:

  • Finalist, Kerry International Film Festival, Ireland
  • FInalist, Anchorage Internațional Film Festival, Alaska
  • Finalist, Castillonnes Film Festival, France
  • Finalist, Rome Prisma Film Awards, Italy
  • Semi-Finalist, San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival, United States
  • Semi-Finalist, Waterford International Film Festival, Ireland
  • Semi-Finalist, Sedona International Film Festival, United States
  • Semi-Finalist, Omaha Film Festival, United States
  • Official Selection, Voghera Film Festival, Italy
  • Official Selection, Theta Short Film Festival, Italy

Award Winner:

  • Best Short Script, Immagina Florence International Film Festival, Italy
  • Best Narrative Screenplay, Silk Road Film Awards, Cannes, France