On The Road

2016/Color/112 mins/UK

Category Country Focus: UK: Retrospective - Michael Winterbottom
Director Michael Winterbottom
Producer Melissa Parmenter, Anthony Wilcox
Screenplay NA
Cinematography James Clarke
Editor Marc Richardson
Music Wolf Alice
Set NA
Costume NA
Cast Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis, Leah Harvey, Paul Popplewell, Jamie Quinn, James McArdle, Swim Deep, Bloody Knees
Production Company A Revolution Films production
World Sales Independent Film Sales, London
Festival/Awards Berlin, 2016

The North London band, Wolf Alice (who take their collective name from an Angela Carter story) have had a rise to prominence that might have been bends-inducing were it not for their tightness as a group. Director Michael Winterbottom joins the band on the road, capturing sixteen different gigs and daily life backstage. The resulting tour film, which records the tour from the point of view of a new member of their crew, is a refreshingly unusual one with unexpected twists; revealing the relentless, sometimes unglamorous graft of playing loud, hot, physical music, night after night. But the film also mesmerises, offering a structure that reveals more, at every stop on the road, of the nuanced musicality of the full band, and the bewitching talent and charisma of front woman, Ellie Rowsell.