The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio)


Synopsis Cast & Crew

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED (PIRATE RADIO) is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s and the pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that incomprehensibly prefers jazz. In 1966 British pop music's finest era the BBC played just two 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, more than half the population of Britain, listened to the pirates every single day. Recently expelled from school, Carl (Tom Sturridge) has been sent by his 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 and roll DJs. They are led by The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), big, brash, American god of the airwaves and totally in love with the music. He's faithfully backed up by his co-broadcasters Dave (Nick Frost), ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny; Simon (Chris O\'Dowd), super-nice and searching for true love; Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom), enigmatic, handsome and a man of few words; Wee Small Hours Bob (Ralph Brown), the late night DJ, whose hobbies are folk music and drugs; Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke), possessor of the smallest intelligence known to mankind; On-the-Hour John (Will Adamsdale), the newsreader; and Angus 'The Nut' Nutsford (Rhys Darby), possibly the most annoying man in Britain. Life on the North Sea is eventful. Simon finds the woman of his dreams, Elenore (January Jones), and is married on the boat...only to be left by his bride the next day. Gavin (Rhys Ifans) returns from his drug tour of America to his rightful position as greatest DJ in Britain and, in doing so, clashes with The Count. And Carl discovers the opposite sex and who his real father is. Meanwhile, pirate stations have come to the attention of government minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh), who is out for the blood of these lawbreakers. In an era when the stuffy corridors of power stifle anything approaching youthful exuberance, Dormandy seizes the chance to score a political goal, and The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act is passed in an effort to outlaw the pirates and to remove their ghastly influence from the land once and for all. What results is a literal storm on the high seas. With Radio Rock in peril, its devoted fans rally together and stage an epic Dunkirk-style hundred-boat rescue to save their deejay heroes. Some things may come to an end, but rock and roll never dies.


Philip Seymour Hoffman Count
Bill Nighy Quentin
Rhys Ifans Gavin
Nick Frost Dave
Kenneth Branagh Minister Dormandy
Tom Sturridge Carl
Jack Davenport Twatt
Ralph Brown Bob
Chris O\'Dowd Simon


Richard Curtis Director/Writer
Tim Bevan Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Hilary Bevan Jones Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Emma Freud Associate Producer

The Boat That Rocked World Premiere

24th March 2009

The stars turned out in force last night to the world premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester.

The Boat That Rocked website is now live

5th March 2009

Get on board The Boat That Rocked at the official website.