The movie the boat that rocked was released 1 April 2009 and its running time is 135 mins. The movie was directed by Richard Curtis for WorkingTitle. In his team the producer was Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Hilary Bevan Jones, with Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward and Liz Chasin as executive producers. The Principal Photography begun 3 March 2008 and continued until June. It stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Sturridge, Talulah Riley, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Davenport, EmmaThompson, January Jones, Gemma Arterton and Sinead Matthews.
The film cost Ј30 mill to produce, but only took Ј6.1 mill in the U.K. in its first 12 weeks of release, with film critics complaining the film was too long. Total earnings in UK $10 mill approximately with total earnings of $28 mill (Naamah Hill, 2014). The boat that rocked is a movie set in the 60s about a group of radio disc jockeys that were passionate about rock n roll. They worked on a radio station that was adored for playing rock n roll music and their outspoken and outrageous personalities.
The Boat That Rocked is Curtis’s first non- romantic comedy, inspired by his own childhood memories of listening secretly on his transistor radio to the broadcasts of pirate stations such as Radio Caroline, anchored just outside British territorial waters before it was shut down by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act of 1967 (Naamah Hill, 2014). The Disc Jockeys were wild, fun, loud, charismatic, and rebellious in their own different unique styles when hosting their individual shows. These Disc jockeys met their worst nightmare when they were informed that there would be a ban on their shows, as the radio station manager were being forced to by the law because their music and commentary was uncensored when hosting their shows and the radio stations license was on the verge of being revoked. (Alexander Badenoch, 2009).The rock n roller disc jockeys were unhappy with the ban of rock n roll music on radio because it was apparently deemed too explicit according to the radio broadcasting laws which took away from their nonchalant ways of expression. The station manager was not too happy with this decision either but he knew the reality that their license would stand a high chance of being revoked should they continue with these songs and language and he wouldn’t take the risk and tried to reason with his team of Disc jockeys to be a bit more censored rather.( Thomas Caldwell, 2009). These disc jockeys were uncompromising to that request and were instead infuriated and disappointed with the station managers request. The Disc Jockeys figured it would be best to leave the radio station they worked for, and as a collective buy a boat to somehow by pass the law and pirate their own radio station from the boat ashore as it was off land and was not governed by these radio broadcasting laws. The radio disc jockeys each had fans who adored them and were guaranteed a following so they bought the boat and started their own radio station that would exempt them from these radio broadcasting laws that they felt were limiting them and their opinions. The followers of these shows were equally upset with the radio station managers decision to ban this team of Disc jockeys, because these fans were head over heels in love with the shows that they were dedicated to listening to. All over an infantilized country, in a series of cringe-making vignettes, we see schoolgirls and schoolboys, nurses, housewives and truck drivers glued to their radios and dancing in the streets like risk-taking listeners in Warsaw Pact countries tuning in to Radio Free Europe (Philip French, April 2009). The point that Philip French is stressing out is that young women went crazy listening to the music and the Disc jockeys talk and some would even join the Disc Jockeys on the boat on weekends without their parent’s permission. These women would call in and throw themselves at the Disc jockeys because their rebellious nature intrigued something in them. When they showed up at the boat these women would try drugs of sorts with the disc jockeys who indulged frequently and even on air on these drugs, like smoking marijuana, snorting cocaine and would over indulge in their drinking sprees, which had turned into something of a lifestyle. Reflecting a partial, idealized Britain, his films add a dash of sex and drugs and rock’n’roll to the once popular West End comedy of the sort called “well made. Now that he has turned his attentions to the 1960s, the time he moved from prep school to Harrow, the result has as much connection with the period as The Flintstones has with the Stone Age. (Philip French, April 2009). There was obviously an outrage in the city with the law enforcers as they were required to find a loop hole and shut the radio station down. They were unhappy with a particular Disc Jockey who was an overall pain to be around. But his talent was inhibited too. (Alexander Badenoch, September 2009). The disc Jockeys were wild and uncontrollable and this frustrated the powers that be because it gave room to question them. They were outraged by the fact that these gentlemen had found a loop hole and were still being listened to by magnitudes of people.The music used throughout the movie is quite nostalgic and takes one back to the old times and makes one reminisce about the good old days. What adds on most to this is feeling is the fact that because most of the music played in the movie and by the radio station is that its pop & rock which was very popular back then in the 60s which is the setting of the movie. One of the songs in the movie is David Bowie’s 1983 song “Let’s Dance” and Stay with Me” sang by Duffy. Lorraine Ellison’s original 1966 version is included in the music list as well. In other places like North america the film was renamed Pirate Radio, the soundtrack mixed down album was released November 10, 2009 through Universal Republic. The Pirate Radio version omits four tracks that were included on The Boat That Rocked album which are “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and the Shondells, “The Letter” by The Box Tops, “The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis, and “Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys. The film director really uses nostalgia within the film really well because its even reflected in the clothes that the actors wear from time to time: loud, bright, dull, hand crafted because some scenes actors wear knitted clothes which were popular back in the day. According to Alex Young (2010), Displeased with a traditionalist British government that prefers to broadcast jazz, Radio Rock plays rock and pop all day and all night. Fittingly, The Kinks’ All Day and All of the Nights simple, sliding power-chord riff introduces and concludes the film, sending the undisputed message that the only time any of the shipmates feel all right is when music is by their side.The themes for this movie suggest that freedom of expression of these Disc Jockeys was limited by the need for censorship to control what is said by people according to radio broadcasting laws. It is for the sake of being appropriate and not being offensive to the government or companies or people, especially those in power and does not adhere to unpopular commentary that may offend anyone. This limited the subjects that the disc jockeys could talk about which they were actually pretty interested in discussing on their shows, this being what their fans wanted to hear like criticizing the government, you would see this because the camera would zoom into the fans faces and create a hype with the inserts of dramatic music and higher volume that would draw you in as a viewer when the disc jockeys where on air using swear words and being sexual on air.( Alexander Badenoch, September 2009) You would be roped in when a scene of the main character was on air because the camera would zoom in and show us various women, in different scenarios across the country, who were smitten with this particular disc jockey, waiting for this show enthusiastically. Making it a point to listen to these shows, at work, in their rooms alone, some to an extent where they would call each other to react, jump on beds and act wild, even breaking house rules just to escape to listen to this show which made them feel like they were constantly in a zero limitations bubble, they envied the lifestyle of being unrestricted. They wanted to escape their normal lives because you would see them looking forward to listening to the station and the camera would switch scenarios where they parents of these young women were unhappy with their children listening to this show which played at certain hours. It went to an extent where these young women would run off to be with the disc jockeys and be part of that fun world. The heavy British accents of the mostly middle aged and constant smoking of the characters sets a drabby ever smoky tone which has wild and the young women wore vintage clothes, had uppity hairstyles and thick eyeliner along their upper eyelids, (Alexander Badenoch, September 2009). The disc jockeys still played records and their studio equipment brings out tones of vintage with the silver microphone that hung above from a cord. The disc jockeys could turn up the volume and have these young women jumping on their beds listening from home in excitement. The camera would zoom in to these scenes of different reactions from parents, in between, when they caught their daughters listening to this music and the powers that be flashing in between, close ups of the disc jockey cracking himself up in studio while having a glass of whiskey and a cigar. They were cool, limitless and uncontrollable like wild horses igniting a passion and sense of liberty amongst their followers, (Philip French, April 2009). Lastly the movie goes to show how females are down looked and it shows how man are still believed to be superior to women and women are to be submissive to man. The movie valorizes a masculinity familiar in the trope of rock and roll. This is not particularly surprising, nor on its own is it a Bad Thing. The casual sexism and homophobia are somewhat more concerning. States Critical Masculinities (2009). That’s the general depiction and role of women in the movie more especially the cook in the movie. The movie paints a blunt image of women as mere objects and or property that serve the interest of men. The treatment of the female cook (hey, what a surprise there) Felicity, is also terrible. She can be summed up in two words: Lesbian & Cook. As discussed by Critical Masculinities (2009).