The Boat That Rocked (2009)

(This film is titled Pirate Radio in the US)


Bill Nighy is on board “The Boat that Rocked” a period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960’s, written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, The Girl In The Cafe). Richard Curtis will direct too.

The film got released in the UK on 1st of April 2009 and is scheduled to release in the US in August 2009.

Richard Curtis about The Boat That Rocked

“The Boat That Rocked” contains “very few humanitarian interests, apart from the rights of all mankind to enjoy rock and roll.”

The film tells the tale of disc jockeys living on ships in British waters and committing pirate radio in the mid-1960s. Picture “eight of the most extreme disc jockeys you’ve ever imagined having to live in a corridor, and a corridor that moved,” he says. “And with no girls.”



In 1966 – British pop music’s finest era – the BBC played just 2 hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio played rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people – over half the population of Britain – listened to the pirates every single day.

Recently expelled from school, Carl (Tom Sturridge) has been sent by his jet-set mother to find some direction in life by visiting his godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy). However, Quentin is the boss of Radio Rock, a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea, populated by an eclectic crew of rock ‘n’ roll DJ’s.

Visit the official website for lots of information on the film, and for fun entertainment.


Short interview with Bill and the cast at the premiere in London



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