Michael Winterbottom has a history of blending music with drama, and mixing real life conversations into fictional films. His latest, On The Road, has the feel of both an on tour music documentary and a love story.
One strand of On The Road's story follows North London rock four-piece Wolf Alice as they take to the streets of the UK to promote their debut album, My Love Is Cool, for the last time. Driving from city to city, playing 16 venues in three weeks, the band are joined by Estelle (Leah Harvey), an intern with the band's record company, who will be helping the band with their promotional duties, accompanying them as they visit local radio stations and give interviews to the press. Estelle strikes up a relationship with Joe (James McCardle), a member of the band's road crew, and through their eyes, we see both the magic and monotony of life on the road, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of a passionate young rock band in their searing prime.
The film has won praise at a variety of film festivals, including London, and certainly arrives with some healthy buzz. It will be out in the UK on 29 September.