I saw a trailer for this over the weekend and am wondering whether this film might create wanted (and unwanted) publicity opportunities for TSI. I copied a synopsis of the film from http://www.themovieinsider.com/m4759/pirate-radio/ below. This synopsis refers to the film as “The Boat That Rocked” but I believe it will be released under the name “Pirate Radio”.
“Inspired by the British pirate radio revolution in the ’60s, the majority of the film’s shoot will take place in a large rusty metal fishing trawler moored off the coast of England in the very waters that kept the rock of the ’60s booming into the U.K.
In 1966 — arguably British pop music’s finest era — the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people — more than half the population of Britain — listened to these pirates every single day.
‘The Boat That Rocked’ is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. Leading the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Bill Nighy as Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock — a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Rhys Ifans as Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Nick Frost as Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hamlet) as British Minister Dormandy, a fearsome government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.”
Yeah, I’d been seeing the previews here and there for a week or two now. It looks interesting enough that I’m going to check it out. I rather doubt it will dig very deep into the actual historical significance of the pirate radio broadcasters, but surely will be a decent comedy.
I don’t know if many of you know, but the micro nation of Sealand, that some of you guys look up to actually came about from pirate radio. The guy(his name escapes me at the moment) that claimed the abandoned British outpost, had originally gone there to operate pirate radio broadcasts. Of course it eventually turned into Sealand a few years down the road, but you guys can read all about it on Wikipedia if you do a search for Sealand.
Sorry, but it’s late and I’m feeling lazy about fetching it and posting a link to it here. /’)……..that’s my attempt at a smiling pirate with a patch over his eye btw.