Michael Winterbottom’s On The Road has been added to the BFI London Film Festival lineup, where it will world premiere on October 9. The film follows the rise of British alternative rock band Wolf Alice as they set out on tour earlier this year. In the documentary, Winterbottom captures 16 different gigs and daily life backstage from the point of view of a new member of their crew.
Wolf Alice, which consists of lead singer Ellie Roswell, guitarist Joff Oddie, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey, first rose to fame in 2015 with their debut album My Love Is Cool.
Winterbottom’s producing partner Melissa Parmenter produces with Anthony Wilcox at Revolution Films with Julian Bird and Abi Gadsby as exec producers. Bird’s Lorton Entertainment financed the film, which will be released in the UK in 2017 through Lorton Distribution.
Winterbottom’s last feature film was documentary The Emperor’s New Clothes, about the growing disparity between the economic classes in Britain starring actor/activist Russell Brand. The director is currently in the works on The Trip To Spain for Sky Atlantic, the third installment of the hit TV series (previously housed at BBC Two) which sees Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play semi-fictionalized versions of themselves.
The London Film Festival runs from October 5-16.