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On the Road

Documentary fact and romantic fiction come together in sweet harmony in writer-director Michael Winterbottom's hybrid road movie. The majority of his film is a behind-the-scenes portrait of London-based alternative rock band Wolf Alice as they tour the UK and Ireland. Cameras follow the four-piece comprising Joel Amey, Theo Ellis, Joff Oddie and Ellie Rowsell as they perform live on stage, court the press to promote the tour and undertake other marketing duties. Caught in this real-life whirlwind are media manager Estelle (Leah Harvey) and Scottish roadie Joe (James McArdle). Sparks of attraction fly between these two members of backstage crew and their relationship deepens as the band criss-crosses England, Scotland and Wales, providing a haunting soundtrack to Estelle and Joe's burgeoning relationship.