Roadkill

Canada 1989. Dir: Bruce McDonald. 80 min. DCP

“Unapologetically odd ... An increasingly weird mix of Heart of Darkness and The Wizard of Oz.”
STEWARD MASON, ALLMUSIC.COM

NEW RESTORATION! When Bruce McDonald’s debut feature, the rock-and-roll road movie Roadkill, won the $25,000 prize for best Canadian film at TIFF in 1989, the maverick Toronto director famously quipped that he was going to buy “a big chunk of hash.” Now a Canadian cult classic — and newly restored — Roadkill stars Valerie Buhagiar as naïve Ramona, intern at a concert agency, who’s sent on a quest to find the Children of Paradise, a band missing somewhere in Northern Ontario. Canuck mainstay Don McKellar plays a would-be serial killer and wrote the film’s script. Musicians Nash the Slash, Leslie Spit Treeo, and Joey Ramone make appearances. The soundtrack features a wealth of Canadian indie rock. Hipster McDonald would rock-and-roll and road-movie it all over again in Highway 61, his award-winning follow-up, also featuring Buhagiar and McKellar.


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