The Boat that Rocket
Premiere May 29th
In the 60s the British government tried with all its might to keep the ears of its citizens pristine by banning rock ‘n’ roll from the airwaves. Luckily for listeners, pirate radio stations on boats anchored off the UK coast popped up. Thanks to a legal loophole, the seas being out of gov’t reach, the stations were able to keep the music playing. From the director of cheery romantic comedies like Notting Hill comes the tale of a renegade North Sea station. Rhys Ifans not only shows how to properly ‘work’ a crushed velvet suit, but sports a sultry on-air voice as one of the DJs. Kenneth Branagh plays an uptight official trying to shut the operation down. Philip Seymour Hoffman – the lone American on set – holds his own against the Brit players as a garish DJ who gets off annoying authority.