Otway is coming home!

John Otway at Cannes promoting his new film
John Otway at Cannes promoting his new film

Otway - The Movie has its premiere in Aylesbury at the Waterside Theatre this month.

After exclusive screenings at Glastonbury Festival, Cannes and London’s Leicester Square Odeon, Rock and Roll’s Greatest failure is bringing the story of his life home on Sunday July 14.

The movie will be shown by the Friars Club in the theatre’s Second Space at 4pm and 7.30pm, and Otway will answers questions during the interval at both screenings.

Otway, who was brought up in Aylesbury, went to The Grange School and whose two sisters still live here, told the Herald: “I’m looking forward to bringing the movie home to Aylesbury, there are so many connections to the town in the movie, it’s where it starts.

“Aylesbury is the place that made me the man I am today.”

Narrated by Otway, the film tells the story of his life and includes footage of his famous Friars concert in Aylesbury Market Square in 1978 when an estimated 20,000 people attended the gig.

The footage was re-discovered last year in the Anglian TV vaults and comes from a documentary which was made about Otway at the time.

It was thought that this had been lost but it was found in a box that had been wrongly marked up.

Otway said the old hairstyles look ‘marvellous’.

There are also interviews, current and archive, with many people, including some from Aylesbury such as Wild Willie Barratt and promoter Chris France.

“It was great fun to make,” said Otway enthusiastically.

“I came to Aylesbury and visited my old school and spoke to sixth formers at The Grange about how to make a living and a career in the music industry.”

Otway made history at the world premiere in London last October when he edited footage of himself and fans arriving and added it to the end of the movie which was shown the same night.

The movie is funded, directed and produced by Otway’s fans including well known artists, directors and industry professionals.

For his 40th birthday the star sold out the Royal Albert Hall performing with an orchestra, for his 50th he had his first top 10 hit with ‘Bunsen Burner’ and for his 60th he has Otway – The Movie.

Tickets are on sale from the box office 0844 871 7607 or online.