April 24, 2009

The Boat That Rocked

Just got an email about this new movie: starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Boat That Rocked
Rocking into theaters on August 28, 2009!


In the late 1960s, American radio stations blasted rock and roll 24 hours a day. But in the home country of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the only way 25 million people could hear their music was to tune in…to a boat.
Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually) brings the incredible story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the ’60s, playing the music that defined a generation and boldly defying the government that tried to shut them down—The Boat That Rocked.
Leading the cast of the comedy are Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Radio Rock’s infamous deejay The Count; Bill Nighy as the station’s owner (and ship’s captain), Quentin; Rhys Ifans as mystic deejay royalty Gavin; Nick Frost as the amorous, sarcastic disc jockey Dave; and Kenneth Branagh as the man out to silence Radio Rock, Minister Dormandy.
Release date: August 28, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R


Sean Coleman said...

Radio Caroline played everything back when the stuffy BBC wouldn't. This looks like an awesome movie. Thanks for posting this :)

tad said...

Of course, there (briefly) really were "pirate" radio stations (that's what they called them) anchored in the English Channel & the North Sea, like Radio Caroline & Radio London -- British DJs like the now-world-famous John Peel got their start on those boats. Peel & his wife Sheila Ravenscroft Dscribe some of this in Peel's book MARGRAVE OF THE MARSHES (published in 2007, got my copy from Borders). There's a lotta good material there 4 comedy, & I'm sure Richard Curtis could do it justice -- he probly heard these stations while they were broadcasting! 2 bad they only lasted a coupla yrs (around '66-'67) B4 the British gov't shut them down & then the BBC SLIGHTLY lightened-up their outlook (& playing time) 4 then-current rock&roll. The Who's Pete Townshend was a BIG pirate radio fan, it's part of the reason their 1967 SELL OUT album was put-2gether the way it was. & Van Morrison was VERY big in2 getting strange music over the radio from somewhere unknown -- this theme echoes thruout his career, especially in "Caravan" & "Wavelength." Cheers!
-- TAD.

classicrockforthesoul said...

Hadn't heard about this yet - thanks for the heads up!
Looks interesting :)

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Looks interesting. I love PSH--everything he does is great.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Oh wow, I went and saw this last Tuesday ... what a great movie ... it was released here a couple of weeks ago. It's awesome, the soundtrack is brilliant, and the characters are great. You'll love it, I think.

Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

Heard about this earlier this week, and then saw the trailer on Friday. It looks awesome!

RAHM said...

I hope that movie could come to South America, but I suppose we will find it in dvd format and not in cinemas

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