Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, May 22, 2014 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 25, 2014 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:97 minutes
Country Listing:UK
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Steve Barker
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Distributed by:ToppNotch Services Inc.


After a stunning one-hit career filled with chaos and self-inflicted disasters, UK singer-songwriter John Otway sold himself as Rock and Roll’s greatest failure. Funded entirely by his fans, Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie sees this cult performer return to teach a course on survival in the music industry. In the midst of Britain’s ‘70s punk revolution Otway enjoyed a fleeting taste of success with his single "Cor Baby That’s Really Free," which reached number 27 in the UK charts. Unfortunately, his next hit came 25 years later. John Otway's career is an instructional, yet magical lesson in self-promotion. He has recruited his loyal fans for an endless number of manipulative and over-the top projects which resulted in being voted as the UK's 7th favourite lyricist by a BBC poll, securing a top ten hit for his 50th birthday and landing a feature film for his 60th. Failure has its rewards. It's kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years.

Subject John Otway will be in attendance for Q&As and will perform a live acoustic set following both screenings.

Doc & Beer Combo: $17 ($14 for Bloor members), includes screening, a can of Steam Whistle and a large popcorn

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"Fantastically engaging!"The Guardian