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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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30 June 2013 (UK) See more »

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GBP40,000 (estimated)
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The final scene of the movie was filmed at the producers' screening and added to the end of the movie whilst the audience were watching. See more »

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A surprisingly well-made film from a low budget
18 September 2013 | by martinborrillSee all my reviews

I won't spoil the movie by alluding to different parts, it is just an autobiographical and pleasant history of the seventies up to the present day, telling the story of one man and showing how he has touched lives all through the build-up of his career as a 'Rock Star'. It shows the lifestyle, warts and all, with several interviews from those closest to the subject.

I could not fault it, with sensitive direction and careful editing, it has become a chronology of a single life as a microcosm of all of our lives - it has something for everyone.

The John Otway fan base is huge and this will please both them and everyone wanting to see how being a star is not always what is cracked-up to be!

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