On the Road

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United Kingdom | 2016 | 112 minutes | Michael Winterbottom

Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) travels with indie-rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice throughout the UK, crafting a riveting documentary/fiction hybrid that is part tour chronicle and part backstage romance.

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Director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) gives the viewer a backstage pass to the European tour of the alternative rock band Wolf Alice in this rock-'n'-roll docudrama. Among the very real documentary footage, Winterbottom blurs the line between fact and fiction by interweaving a romantic relationship that blossoms between tour manager Estelle (Leah Harvey) and roadie Joe (James McArdle). Though not real, this storyline adds depth to the film, showcasing the bonds that are formed in seedy bars, concert halls, tour buses, and the like. Winterbottom takes a fly-on-the-wall approach, with no formal sit-down interviews. He instead chooses handheld cameras to follow the band and crew to press interviews, rehearsals, shows, and afterparties. Through stressful nights on the bus to awkward interactions with fans and everything in between, Winterbottom and his crew are able to capture the essence of the music industry in a raw, sensational form. What at first seems to be a never-ending cycle of simply loading and unloading a tour bus transforms into an in-depth examination of the "glamorous" tour life, bringing a newfound appreciation to music fans everywhere.

Director Biography

Since his career began in the late 1980s, renowned English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom has become best known for Jude, A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me, and 24 Hour Party People.

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  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Principal Cast: Wolf Alice, James McArdle, Leah Harvey, Swim Deep, Bloody Knees
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Producer: Melissa Parmenter, Anthony Wilcox
  • Screenplay: Michael Winterbottom
  • Editors: Marc Richardson
  • Music: Wolf Alice
  • Filmography: The Trip to Spain (2017); The Trip to Italy (2014); The Look of Love (2013); Everyday (2012); Trishna (2011); The Trip (2010); The Killer Inside Me (2010); A Mighty Heart (2007); The Road to Guantanamo (Doc, 2006); Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005); 9 Songs (2004); Code 46 (2003); In This World (2002); 24 Hour Party People (2002); The Claim (2000); Wonderland (1999); I Want You (1998); Welcome to Sarajevo (1997); Jude (1996); Go Now (1995); Butterfly Kiss (1995)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Independent Film Sales