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Reel to Real Cinema X The Stove Cafe: Wildfire (International Women’s Day)

March 1 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Wildfire| Cathy Brady | 2020 | 84 mins | 15 | UK & Ireland 

This month our film selection marks International Women’s Day with a screening of F-rated* film, Wildfire. Directed by Cathy Brady, this debut feature film explores the complexities of trauma and sisterly relationships set on the Irish border.

About the Film 

Inseparable sisters raised in a small town on the Irish border, Lauren and Kelly’s lives were shattered with the mysterious death of their mother. Left to pick up the pieces after her sister abruptly disappeared, Lauren is suddenly confronted with the family’s dark and traumatic past when Kelly returns home after being reported missing for a whole year. With the intense sisterhood reignited, Kelly’s desire to unearth their history is not welcomed by all in the small town, as rumours and malice spread like wildfire, threatening to push them over the edge.

* The film is triple F rated in that it is written and directed by women and features significant women on screen; and in this case all three by writer/director Cathy Brady.

“SAVAGELY POWERFUL IRISH BORDER DRAMA”
★★★★

— THE GUARDIAN

“POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES”
★★★★

— EMPIRE

“NIKA MCGUIGAN BURNS BRIGHTLY IN
HER FINAL PERFORMANCE”
★★★★

— THE IRISH TIMES

“AN ATTRACTIVE FILM WITH HYPNOTIC LEAD PERFORMANCES”
★★★★

— LITTLE WHITE LIES

“DELICIOUSLY UNCOMFORTABLE”

— MICHAELA COEL, IWC JURY MEMBER

”SUPERB: FORCEFUL, UNCOMFORTABLE AND FIERCELY INTELLIGENT”

— Wendy Ide, The Guardian

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About Reel to Real 

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm – 7pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes. 

Free Donations Welcome

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM FEATURES STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, AND REFERENCES TO SUICIDE. NOT SUITABLE FOR AUDIENCES UNDER 15.

100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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International Women’s Day at The Stove 2019

This year we were approached by students Bella Green and Candy, to host a day of activity at the Stove to celebrate and acknowledge International Women’s Day. The theme for our event – Wake Up And Love More – was inspired by Kate Tempest’s Tunnel Vision, a song from her latest album Let Them Eat Chaos.

Our programme comprised of banner and placard making workshop, a two week display in the Stove café, an evening of discussion, food and performance and a film screening to close the day. Due to poor weather, we had to put on hold our plans to occupy the High Street, but instead created a warm and welcoming space in the Stove’s café.

Bella Green introducing the evening. Image credit: Kirstin McEwan

On the evening itself, we were joined by Women’s Aid for Nithsdale and the Stewartry, who were able to share with us some of their work in the region over the past 20 years and their current challenges. Performances included poetry and song, and even a short quiz compered by stovie Kirsty Turpie!

Smash the Patriarchy bunting!

Our film choice for the evening was teen drama Skate Kitchen, directed by Crystal Moselle and featuring the story of Camille and the all-girl New York City based skateboarding crew, Skate Kitchen.

All donations from the evening went to Women’s Aid.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the preparations for the event, our performers and speakers. All image credits: Kirstin McEwan

International Women’s Day at the Stove was part of our Conversing Building project, an on-going programme of events and displays in and around the Stove building sharing ideas and projects with wider communities. To find out more email [email protected].

Banners created during our open workshop
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