R | | Comedy, Drama, Music
A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.
The ship used for filming was the MV Timor Challenger, and much filming, both day and night scenes, was done in Portland Harbour (venue for the 2012 Olympics sailing) near Weymouth. The red paint scheme was based on that of the MV Ross Revenge, which was the Radio Caroline pirate ship from 1983 to 1991, and is nowadays maintained as a museum by volunteer enthusiasts, who assisted with several aspects of the movie, including loaning many of the broadcasting and ship props.
I can see your nuts, Nutsford.
In one scene, two characters are speaking in one compartment of the ship. Lights hanging from the ceiling are noticeably rocking, because of the motion of the ship in large waves. The two characters move to an adjacent compartment of the ship, in which a rousing game of foosball is underway. Presumably, a game of foosball on a ship rocking in a heavy seaway would be futile.
This film is dedicated to all who worked and broadcast on the pirate stations - all those wonderful years, all day and all of the night.
US distributor, Universal have chosen to re-title the film as "Pirate Radio" and release it under Focus Features in US territories. This new version will be edited for length by director Richard Curtis after some European reviewers cited its 135 minute running time as a factor in its diminished success.
£1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009)
$7,994,115 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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