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Comedy - Adult

The Boat that Rocked

Released 2009 Rating 15 in UK
Director Richard Curtis Writer/s Richard Curtis
Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Chris O’Dowd, Gemma Arterton, Jack Davenport, Rhys Ifans, January Jones, Emma Thompson
Source of story An original screenplay – loosely based on the Radio Caroline story
Elevator Pitch In the days when the BBC was a strait laced, uptight broadcasting station that hated popular music, a number of pirate stations were set up, some on small ships anchored in the North Sea. Over time the government took them on, changing the law to shut then down. This is the story of one of them.
Content Mainly the story of the interaction between the DJs with lots of bad language and jokes about sex, but not even any implied sex.
A View You’d probably have to lived through the real events to enjoy this, and the fact that these stations changed the broadcasting world in UK would be the subject of a documentary, not a comedy.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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