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Michael Winterbottom – On The Road #Berlinale

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In Generation, Michael Winterbottom drives us On The Road

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Michael Winterbottom, director of the film On The Road.

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It’s not the first time that Michael Winterbottom commits to a music project. This time he got so fascinated by life on tour and the wandering routine of bands prmoting their album that he decided to totally focus his “filming”attentions on that. Winterbottom chose young band of Wolf Alice as the subject of his new docu-film On The Road so he followed them with a crew on the final tour of their first album My Love is Cool. However a simple documentary on a band was not enough for Winterbottom who decided to add a fictionary element to the real story and introduce a love story in the film between Estelle and Joe, the only two fictional characters in the film, played by gorgeous actors who “acted” 24/7 to better melt into the film. On the Road screens at the 67th Berlinale in the Generation section .

On The Road: March 2015. North London rock four-piece Wolf Alice 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 cities 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 intimate friendship 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.

For the film page on the festival website click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Michael Winterbottom
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    On The Road
  • Festival section
    Generation
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