On the Road

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 the 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 16 different gigs and daily life backstage.

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  • ★★★★ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    Michael Winterbottom returns to the music documentary genre with this intriguing hybrid (half-documentary, half fictitious love story) film. Ostensibly, the film follows the English rock group Wolf Alice on a lengthy tour of venues by boat and bus from Ireland through England, Scotland, Wales and culminating in a concert in London. Although there are copious amounts of concert footage from the band and their opening act, the film concentrates on an affair between the young female photographer sent on the tour by "management," Estelle (Leah Harvey), and one of the roadies on the tour, Joe (James McArdle). It was an interesting concept to combine reality with fiction; but honestly the love affair seemed superfluous. On the other hand, the group Wolf Alice (a foursome with a female lead singer-guitarist, a great drummer and two fine guitarists) really grew on me. Their brand of sweet, hard rock reminded me of an earlier similar group "Jefferson Airplane". The film comprehensively showed the ins-and-outs of modern day touring. Perhaps it ran on too long; perhaps a little pruning of the many venues the band played in would have been an improvement. Nevertheless, the film totally worked for me...simply because I fell in love with the band Wolf Alice and their music, talent and personalities.

  • ★★★★★ review by Xoch on Letterboxd

    My first time watching Wolf Alice live was in the summer of 2016. I was going back to university after getting out of for health issues. I was seeing them near the beach in the town of St. Augustine with my best friend. I woke up at 4am to drive to the city, my skin soaked from the sun - my hair even got lighter that day from queueing in the damn Florida heat. Till this day, they're one of my favorite bands to listen to and see live.

    This short is one of my favorites because it captured the band members at their tour moments. There's so many favorite shots that I love watching over and over again because those same shots is what makes Wolf Alice to me.

  • ★★★★ review by heather anderson on Letterboxd

    it's a bit slow and a bit directionless, but it's an interesting mix of fact & fiction (plus Wolf Alice are such a good Live Band)

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