London Film Festival – Austin to Boston ★★★★

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Austin to Boston tracks the tour of London’s Communion (a collective of musicians and creatives) from SXSW in Austin, northeast to Boston, zigzagging across America in VW campervans.

Their adventure starts after the music festival, where Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den come together with Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and director James Marcus Haney to journey 3000 miles playing gigs.

Like any great music film, its success is rooted in an awesome soundtrack, here impassioned and full of life. With each city, we see another small venue and intimate performance from one of the bands, collectively inviting the viewer to participate and experience life on the road.

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Although it’s more road-trip diary and music video than insightful documentary, Austin to Boston offers folk music lovers a window into the lives of some of their favourite bands, and shows a simpler way of touring oft unseen.

Some of the best scenes in the film are the most innocent and playful; a snowball fight at the side of the road, a visit to the Superman museum in Illinois and an impromptu performance of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird, with melodies that could melt hearts.

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Whether it’s the beautiful music or the infectious sense of fun, Austin to Boston will no doubt charm audiences at the London Film Festival.

Austin to Boston will screen at the London Film Festival on Oct 18 & 19. You can buy tickets here.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.