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Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie (2013)

Billed as "rock and roll's greatest failure," musician John Otway offers a lesson in how to survive in showbiz.


Steve Barker




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Otway John Otway ... Himself
David Crabtree David Crabtree ... Deadly the Roadie
Eleanor Man Eleanor Man ... Herself
Surani Perera Surani Perera ... Herself
Hazel Jones Hazel Jones ... Herself
Angelika Paszkiewicz Angelika Paszkiewicz ... Herself
Kerry Leonard Kerry Leonard ... Herself
Taylor Ness Taylor Ness ... Herself
Eleanor Cox Eleanor Cox ... Herself
Eden Phillips Harrington Eden Phillips Harrington ... Herself
Heshma Ramdoyal Heshma Ramdoyal ... Herself
Sam Cockell Sam Cockell ... Himself
Zoe Brown Zoe Brown ... Herself
Stephanie Thomas Stephanie Thomas ... Herself
Wild Willy Barrett Wild Willy Barrett ... Himself


UK's cult legend John Otway returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry. In the midst of Britain's '70s punk revolution and after a momentous TV appearance where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts. Too bad his next HIT was 25 years later. John Otway's career is an educational, yet magical lesson in self-promoting... recruiting his fans for endless manipulative, over-the-top projects which, among others, garnered him status as The Nation's 7th Favorite Lyricist in a BBC poll, secured him a Top Ten HIT for his 50th birthday and a feature movie for his 60th. Failure has its rewards. It's kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years. Written by Steve Barker

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Release Date:

30 June 2013 (UK) See more »

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£40,000 (estimated)
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The final scenes of the film were shot at premiere and were hastily edited into the film. See more »

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You ain't seen nothing yet!
22 September 2013 | by Steven WHARRAMSee all my reviews

I've been aware of John Otway since he burst into the public consciousness back in 1977, at the height of punk music. He's had his highs and lows since then but this film is definitely one of the HIGHs.

Even if you've followed him up and down the country, through his madcap schemes or are just as an occasional fan then this film will have something for you. You will learn something that you didn't know before.

See if it gets a premier at a cinema near you and go and watch it. You will not be disappointed. It is presented in an informative and humorous way, as you would expect.

Just waiting for the DVD now! I'll be buying a copy for myself, family members, friends... as you will too!

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