Following a young London DJ (David Beames) on the road to Bristol to investigate the mysterious death of his brother, Radio On offers a unique, compelling and even mythic vision of a late 1970s England.
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More than an illustrated soundtrack this is a mesmerising odyssey into patterns of mundanity, revealing the randomness of landscapes whipping past a car window; the revelations of casual interaction with strangers and the pairing of music to a momentary situation - creating mood, emphasis and meaning. Overly earnest though it occasionally is, this is a small work of brilliance in its poetry of dislocation.
In between intimate interactions among strangers, there was a bit too much grey matter for the style to stick out. However, the protagonist's wanderings to his own soundtrack made for a great cinematic experience -- 3.5