24th March 2009
Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Rhys Darby, Talulah Riley and Gemma Arterton were just some of the cast of The Boat That Rocked who graced the red carpet at last night's star-studded world premiere in London's Leicester Square. Writer/director Richard Curtis, together with producers Hilary Bevan Jones and Eric Fellner, introduced the film and cast to the audience before the screening. Also in attendance were music-legend Sir Paul McCartney, and Johnnie Walker one of pirate radio's original DJs. 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. 25 million people, more than half the population of Britain, listened to the pirates every single day. The Boat That Rocked is a comedy, set on a fictional 1960s pirate radio boat, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s and the pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivates Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that incomprehensibly prefers jazz. The Boat That Rocked will have its first release in UK and Ireland on April 1. For further release dates information, click below to take a look at the official site. The soundtrack will be released on the 30th March. Pictured: The cast of The Boat That Rocked with writer/director, Richard Curtis, and producer Hilary Bevan Jones.