In 1966, arguably British pop music's finest era, the BBC played only two hours of rock n' roll every week but pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas twenty-four hours a day and twenty-five million people, more than half the population of Britain, listened to these broadcasts every single day. Pirate Radio, opening in theaters everywhere on November 13th, is the latest film from Richard Curtis, the acclaimed director of Notting Hill and Love Actually, and chronicles these pioneers and the music that inspired a generation. The film stars Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman and an all-star cast of British actors that includes Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost, Jack Davenport and Kenneth Branagh. We had an opportunity to travel to London a few weeks ago and speak with Bill Nighy, Nick Frost and the films young stars Tom Sturridge and Talulah Riley about the new film and the music that inspired the story the film is based on. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
Pirate Radio is the high-spirited story of how eight DJs love affair with Rock n' Roll changed the world forever. In the 1960s this group of rouge DJs, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. By playing Rock n' Roll they were standing up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down. The band of rebels is lead by The Count (Hoffman), Quentin the boss of Radio Rock (Nighy), Gavin the greatest DJ in Britain (Ifans), Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom), Doctor Dave (Frost) and Young Carl (Sturridge) who comes of age amidst the chaos of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. The film features an unbelievable selection of music including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Otis Redding and Cat Stevens, just to name a few. Also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Rhys Darby, Jack Davenport, January Jones, Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh and directed by Richard Curtis, Pirate Radio opens in theaters everywhere on November 13th.