The Cockroach That ate Cincinnati

Based on a series of plays by Alan Williams, an aging hippie and rock-fanatic-turned-stand-up-comic who calls himself ‘The Captain’ (Williams), convinces a couple of novice filmmakers (Deborah Drakeford and Oliver Dennis) to help him record his ‘pure thoughts’ – a filmic testament of his experiences and observations of the past three decades. What follows is a series of wildly complex, sardonic anecdotes and theories about rock ‘n’ roll, hero-worship, hallucinations, drugs, madness, paranoia, rebellion, nuclear dread and the search for individual integrity in a world on the brink of cultural and physical destruction.
 
Directed by Michael McNamara. Written by Alan Williams. Produced by Michael McNamara.

World Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival
Festivals: TIFF, Arizona Film Festival, Official Selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, Official Selection for Cork Film Festival, Official Selection for Leeds International Film Festival, Official Selection for Singapore International Film Festival
Awards: 1997 Genie Awards Nominee Best Actor in a Leading Role – Alan Williams, Arizona International Film Festival - Best Comedy

Genre:
Scripted, Comedy
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“McNamara, best known for his Holly Cole and Jane Siberry tube specials, mixes different film stocks to entertaining effect, and even manages to incorporate some commentary on the difficulties of transferring oral art to the big screen” – Variety