Taglines: A rock’n’road movie about a girl who learns to drive.
The film stars Valerie Buhagiar as Ramona, an intern at a Toronto record label who is sent to Sudbury by promoter Roy Seth (Gerry Quigley) to track down the label’s star band, Children of Paradise, after they disappear on tour. Because she doesn’t know how to drive, however, she takes a taxi driven by Buddy (Larry Hudson) for the entire 400-km route.
Once in Sudbury, she finds the band almost immediately, but then loses them again and subsequently tracks them all across Northern Ontario. On her way, she encounters a variety of odd characters — including an indie film director named Bruce Shack (McDonald himself), who documents roadkill on the highway, and an aspiring serial killer named Russell (Don McKellar), who’s studied the profession thoroughly but just doesn’t know where to start.
Roadkill is a film by Canadian director Bruce McDonald, filmed and released in 1989. In a review of the film’s soundtrack album, the website Allmusic calls the film “an increasingly weird mix of Heart of Darkness and The Wizard of Oz”.
Directed by: Bruce McDonald
Starring: Valerie Buhagiar, Larry Hudson, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar, Shaun Bowring, Mark Tarantino, Jamie Rooney, Peter Morfea, Patricia Sims
Screenplay by: Don McKellar
Cinematography by: Miroslaw Baszak
Film Editing by: Mike Munn
Costume Design by: Kate Healey
Art Direction by: Geoff Murrin
Music by: Nash the Slash
Distributed by: Shadow Shows Incorporated (Canada)
Release Date: September 23, 1989