Radio On

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A first feature written and directed by Petit, this is an apparently simple road movie (with an extraordinary soundtrack that runs from Bowie to Kraftwerk and Wreckless Eric) in which a man travels from London to Bristol by car to clarify the mysterious death of his brother. But his private journey also stands for an excursion back into the sour '70s, and his failure to communicate with those he meets on the road - an army deserter, a garage mechanic, a woman in search of her child - becomes a rambling commentary on the obsessive, ironic disenchantment of living in Britain now. A rare, almost eerie attempt at mythic British cinema, which ends with its hero stalled in his battered old Rover at a quarry edge, his questions still unanswered, forced to move on (into the '80s). 'We could be heroes, just for one day...' - and the time is up.

Release details

Rated: 18
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Christopher Petit
Screenwriter: Christopher Petit
Cast: David Beames
Lisa Kreuzer
Sandy Ratcliff
Andrew Byatt
Sue Jones-Davies
Sting
Sabina Michael
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nick holmes

loved this at first viewing. great soundtrack. existential english nouvelle vague roadmovie. stunning b&w mood filming. even has Wim Wenders participation !

nick holmes

loved this at first viewing. great soundtrack. existential english nouvelle vague roadmovie. stunning b&w mood filming. even has Wim Wenders participation !

mrmustard

I just watched Radio On for the first time in 20 years. I had a cold dread that now I've left my teen angst behind it would look less like a masterpiece and more a dull pretentious 70's hipster relic. But it's sa strikingly beautiful, mysterious and bleak as I always remembered it.

mrmustard

I just watched Radio On for the first time in 20 years. I had a cold dread that now I've left my teen angst behind it would look less like a masterpiece and more a dull pretentious 70's hipster relic. But it's sa strikingly beautiful, mysterious and bleak as I always remembered it.