The World Premiere of ON THE ROAD Michael Winterbottom’s film following rising British music stars and Grammy-nominees Wolf Alice on tour earlier this year; has been added to the lineup for the 60th BFI London Film Festival and will be presented within the Festivals Sonic Strand.
North London band, Wolf Alice (Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis, 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. In Summer of 2015, the deliciously dark, hook-and-riff-filled sound of their debut album, My Love is Cool inspired NME to crown it, “the debut of the decade”.
As a measure of their impact, BAFTA-winning filmmaker Michael Winterbottom joined the band on the road, capturing sixteen different gigs and daily life backstage. Winterbottom’s 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; it reveals 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.
Michael Winterbottom, Director says: “The starting point for the film was a long time ago in a bar in New York when we met up with a band called Ash. They told us all about their life on the road – an endless string of festivals and gigs. It sounded romantic and terrible at the same time. I was curious to try and make a film about that sort of life.”
Directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip), produced by Melissa Parmenter and Anthony Wilcox (The Face of An Angel, The Trip) at Revolution Films, with Julian Bird and Abi Gadsby as executive producers; with Wolf Alice, James McArdle, Leah Harvey, Swim Deep, Bloody Knees. The film is financed by Julian Bird’s Lorton Entertainment and will be released in the UK in 2017 by Lorton Distribution.
The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16, 2016.