Musical Globe

On The Road

Michael Winterbottom
Screening time  
02.03. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2  
A rock’n’roll docudrama offering an intimate look at life on the road for the band Wolf Alice as they tour Great Britain.

Michael Winterbottom 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 and roadie Joe. 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 form.


Michael Winterbottom

Born in Blackburn, Michael Winterbottom began his career in television before moving into film and most recently commercials. He is most recognised for his TV & film work with Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, The Trip, The Look of Love) and has received numerous BAFTA Awards and nominations. Three of his films, Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People, have been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Most recently Winterbottom has directed the feature film Face of an Angel and the documentary feature The Emperor’s New Clothes, screened at 2016 ZagrebDox.

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On The Road

Great Britain
2017, 122'

Directed by:
Michael Winterbottom

Screenplay by:
Michael Winterbottom

James Clarke

Edited by:
Marc Richardson

Wolf Alice

Melissa Parmenter, Anthony Wilcox

Produced by:
Revolution Films

Festivals & Awards:

BFI London Film Festival 2016; Berlin Film Festival 2017; SXSW Film Festival 2017; Sydney Film Festival 2017; Sarajevo Film Festival 2017