Charli XCX: Alone Together (2022)

Director: Bradley Bell, Pablo Jones-Soler

Running Time: 67 Minutes

Certification: 15

Starring: Charli XCX, Huck Kwong, Sam Pringle, Twiggy Rowley

During the 2020 quarantine, pop-star Charli XCX enlisted her fans to help create her critically acclaimed album, 'how i'm feeling now' across five-weeks. From early on, the artist is depicted as someone long battling with personal issues that finally felt in control of her career, only for the pandemic to upend matters.

Her confidence was discovered through her LGBTQ+ fans, referred to as 'Angels', managing to love herself courtesy of their adoration. It's once more through them Charli finds her strength, utilising fan input and feedback to craft her album while documenting every stage of its conception. This offers a fascinating insight into the artists creative process, while also depicting her connection with fans, highlighting how this album is a product of collaboration.

Directors Bradley Bell and Pablo Jones-Soler transition from directing Charli in music videos to documentary work, delivering an intimate look at the artist working through a tough time. Candid explorations of mental health are successfully realised, and highlights how this album creation helps the fans stuck at home as much as it does Charli. While some creative decisions feel out of place, such as animated sequences of angel avatars, this is an engaging documentary about the power of community that's successful within its compact runtime.

Charli XCX: Alone Together is available on digital 18th April