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Pirate Radio (2009)

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“The Boat That Rocked”

Comedy, Drama, Music |

Pirate Radio is a British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast consisting of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh.

Set in 1966, it tells the story of the fictional pirate radio station “Radio Rock” and its crew of eclectic disc jockeys, who broadcast rock and hip pop music to the United Kingdom from a ship anchored in the North Sea while the British government endeavors to shut them down.

In 1966, various pirate radio stations broadcast to the United Kingdom from ships in international waters, specialising in rock and pop music not played on BBC Radio. Seventeen-year-old Carl, recently expelled from school, is sent to stay with his godfather Quentin, who runs the station “Radio Rock” anchored in the North Sea. The eclectic crew of disc jockeys and staffers, led by brash American DJ “The Count”, accept Carl as one of their own. Conspiring to help Carl lose his virginity, DJ Doctor Dave arranges for Carl to seduce a female fan in the dark, believing Carl to be Dave, but the plan is foiled, embarrassing Carl.

In London, government minister Sir Alistair Dormandy resolves to shut down pirate radio stations for their commercialism and immorality, instructing his subordinate Twatt to pursue legal stratagems to accomplish this. They attempt to cut off the pirates’ revenue by prohibiting British businesses from advertising on unlicensed stations.

Director: Richard Curtis

Writer: Richard Curtis

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Tom Sturridge, Kenneth Branagh, Chris O’Dowd

►Cast:

Michael HadleyMr. Roberts
Charlie RoweJames
Lucy FlemingMrs. Roberts
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Count
Tom SturridgeCarl
Ian MercerTransfer Boatman
Bill NighyQuentin
Will AdamsdaleNews John
Tom BrookeThick Kevin
Rhys DarbyAngus Nutsford
Nick FrostDave
Katherine ParkinsonFelicity
Chris O’DowdSimon
Ike HamiltonHarold
Stephen MoorePrime Minister
Kenneth BranaghSir Alistair Dormandy
Michael ThomasSandford
Bohdan PorajFredericks (as Bo Poraj)
Sinead MatthewsMiss C
Tom WisdomMark
Gemma ArtertonDesiree
Jack DavenportTwatt
Ralph BrownBob
Rhys IfansGavin
Talulah RileyMarianne
Olegar FedoroRock Boat Captain
Duncan FosterSwedish Crewman
January JonesElenore
Emma ThompsonCharlotte
Amanda Fairbank-HynesJemima Dormandy
Francesca LongriggMrs. Dormandy
Poppy DelevingneModel
Sarah ForsterModel
Ocean MoonModel
Tuuli ShipsterModel
David SterneMarianne’s Captain
Olivia LlewellynMargaret
William IlkleyCommanding Officer
Edward HancockPoliceman
Katie LyonsAngus’ Boat Girl
Kirsty MatherJohn’s Boat Girl
Lana DavidsonSimon’s T-Shirt Girl
Tomas AndrisiunasSwedish Crewman
Guðmundur AuðunssonSwedish Crewman
Kristofer GummerusSwedish Crewman
Chelsea M. MatthewsBoat Girl (as Chelsea Matthews)
Antonia BernathKatie, Weather Girl
Caroline BoultonStag Night Girl
Elizabeth ConboyAlice
Giovanna FletcherBridesmaid
Michael HennessyCivil Servant
Sarah LindaModel
Heather PearseStag Night Girl
Russell PetchExtra
Tom Price(uncredited)
Chrissie WunnaModel

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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