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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Buhagiar ...
Ramona
Gerry Quigley ...
Roy Seth, the Promoter
Larry Hudson ...
Buddie, the Cab Driver
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Bruce Shack, the Director
Shaun Bowring ...
Mathew, the Weenie-Boy
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Russel, the Serial Killer
Mark Tarantino ...
Luke, the 15-Year Old Boy
Jamie Rooney ...
Nature Film Narrator
Peter Morfea ...
Jesus of Toronto
Patricia Sims ...
Corporate Babe
Nazareno Buhagiar ...
Ramona's Father
Giovanna Buhagiar ...
Ramona's Mother
Glen McLaren ...
Gas Station Attendant
Ellen Dean ...
Waitress
Earl Pastko ...
Children of Paradise drums
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Ramona works in a concert agency and is sent after the rock band 'Children of Paradise' who have disappeared. Since she can't drive, she has to take the train and bus and eventually hitchhike. On her way through the Canadian back country she meets the weirdest people - and learns to drive, what leads to... roadkill. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Roadkill: Move or Die  »

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CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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Bruce McDonald originally conceived the film as a concert film focusing on the band A Neon Rome, but the band's lead singer, Neal Arbik, was uncooperative during the tour which the planned film was to focus on. Arbik eventually left the music industry before the film could get made as well as before his band's planned second album could even be recorded. Instead, the film became a fictionalized portrayal of A Neon Rome, depicting a band on the verge of collapsing in a similar manner. See more »

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Ramona: Russel, are you really a serial killer?
Russel: Well, I've never really killed anyone before, but that's what I'm shooting for. That's my ambition. I know it's a hard profession, and it's a competive field and getting tougher every year. You have to kill about 20 people now before you're taken seriously, But let's face it, what other options do I have? There's not a lot of opportunities up here for social mobility. I mean you can either become a hockey player or take up a life of crime. And I have weak...
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Grind
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(C) Koma Publishing
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Interesting low budget drama
12 May 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Roadkill is the first feature film from Canadian director Bruce McDonald. I can't profess to know much about him; but his directorial style reminded me of Jim Jarmusch, though this film is more low-key than most of Jarmusch's oeuvre. This film is shot in black and white, and it's clear that the director had only a shoestring budget to work with. The film triumphs over its budget, however, and that's thanks to a constantly interesting script, a rather strange atmosphere and a handful of good ideas. The film takes place in the world of rock and roll and focuses on a young woman named Ramona. Ramona has been sent by her boss, who owns a record company, to track down a lost band named Children of Paradise. Because Ramona can't drive (despite claiming to her boss that she could), she is forced to hire a taxi to drive across the country in search of the missing band. Along the way, she meets a variety of weird and wonderful characters.

The film is very free flowing and it's never obvious where it's going to go next. This is a big asset to the film as it means it stays fresh and interesting for most of the duration. It does feel very raw, mostly owing to the lack of budget and the amateurish feel of the film is complimented by some rather casual performances. The lead role is taken by Valerie Buhagiar, who is not exactly the best actress you're ever likely to see; but actually fits the role well and her performance typifies the film. The film is about rock and roll and as such there's plenty of it featured. I've got to say that most of the songs featured in the film are not my type of music; though a number titled "We Will be the Leaders" by Nash the Slash is rather good. The film has a number of standout scenes that are likely to be remembered once it's finished; and a sequence with an aspiring serial killer is by far the best of them. Overall, this is a rather strange film and surely wont to everyone's tastes; but it's worth a look and I'd recommend it.


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