85 minutes – Drama, Comedy
Release date: September 16, 1989 – Festival of Festivals
Canadian distributor: Shadow Shows
Roadkill, one of the most original films to emerge from the Toronto new wave, is director Bruce McDonald’s debut feature. Described as a rock ‘n’ roll road movie, it concerns the adventures of Ramona (Valerie Buhagiar), a naive assistant to a maniacal rock promoter (Gerry Quigley), sent to track down a band called the Children of Paradise who have gone missing in Northern Ontario. She comes across a pot-addled cabbie (Larry Hudson), a rock-video crew led by a director (McDonald) with visions of widescreen grandeur, and an aspiring serial killer (Don McKellar). Ramona eventually does find the band, but it ultimately matters less than what she discovers about herself. – Essential Guide to Canadian Film.
Valerie Buhagiar Don McKellar Larry Hudson Gerry Quigley Earl Pasko Bruce McDonald Shaun Bowring Mark Tarantino Jamie Rooney Peter Morfea Patricia Sims Nazareno Buhagiar Giovanna Buhagiar Glen McLaren Ellen Dean Bruce Wilson Herwig Gayer Namir Khan Dave Williams
Ramona Russel, the Serial Killer Buddy, the Cab Driver Roy Seth, the Promoter Children of Paradise drummer Bruce Shack, the Director Mathew, the Weenie-Boy Luke, the 15-Year Old Boy Nature Film Narrator Jesus of Toronto Corporate Babe Ramona's Father Ramona's Mother Gas Station Attendant Waitress Producer Sound Recordist Rafi, the Cameraman Apocalypse Club Owner