Alone Together Documentary

SXSW Review: ‘Alone Together’

March 24, 2021Ben MK

For many people, surviving the pandemic has meant connecting with friends and family virtually over Zoom or taking up a new hobby to keep oneself distracted from the bizarre reality of our current times. If you're a Charli XCX fan, however, chances are you spent a good chunk of your quarantine helping the singer write and polish her new album.

Titled How I'm Feeling Now, it's a collection of eleven songs that was entirely conceived and recorded at Charli's L.A. home early on during the 2020 lockdown. And In Alone Together, directing duo Bradley and Pablo (best known for their music videos for such artists as Harry Styles and Little Mix) give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how her largely LGBTQ+ fanbase — who submitted some 5,000 music clips, 2,000 pieces of cover art and 3,000 remixes towards the album — contributed to the critically acclaimed release. But of course, most important of all is the support they gave the singer as she — along with a fair portion of the world's population — struggled with the depression that came with the isolation of the quarantine.

Originally intended as a concert documentary, the result is essentially a love letter to Charli's fans — a thank you for how this virtual community of likeminded individuals rallied together during a difficult time. For everyone else, however, it makes for an interesting example of how art, technology and fandom intersect.

Alone Together screens under the Headliners section at the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 10 min.

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