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Official poster for PIRATE RADIO

James Wallace

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October 9th, 2009

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Every time I hear mention of the upcoming film PIRATE RADIO, I wonder to myself why the name was changed for American audiences only. Internationally, the film is still being released under the title THE BOAT THAT ROCKED. Is it because they think that we don't know how to "rock boats" here in America? Or maybe because Americans are more likely to go see movies with the word "pirate" in the title? If that was the case, then 1983's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and 1984's ICE PIRATES should have done better domestically.

What I do know for sure is that the film's official poster, under the title PIRATE RADIO, was just released. It is a minor update on the original THE BOAT THAT ROCKED poster we brought you one year ago this month. Of course, that doesn't make it any less cool!

PIRATE RADIO features an all-star cast including Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, and more. The film, which takes place in the 1960s, centers around a ship that houses an illegal radio station run by a group of rogue DJs who play rock music in an act to oppose the British government. The film was written and directed by Richard Curtis (LOVE ACTUALLY).

Check out the poster after the jump!

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Source Focus Features

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  • http://www.radiolondon.co.uk/ Mary Payne

    In France, 'The Boat That rocked' was called 'Good Morning London', presumably a nod to 'Good Morning Vietnam' and to alert audiences to its subject matter.

    Focus Films has posted a feature its website on supposedly about the real story of offshore radio in the UK and written by an academic.

    http://www.filminfocus.com/article/ahoy__pirate…

    This article is full of factual errors, the most oft-repeated of which is that the stations were illegal. (They were not, because they were anchored in International waters.) I've pointed this out to Peter Bowen, the site's Editorial Director, as have two of the original 'pirate' DJs Colin Nichol and Ian MacRae.and all three of us have been totally ignored.

    The Boat That Rocked is fiction and a far cry from reality, but if Focus is going to post a feature about the real pirates, it needs to get its facts right. I've been running a website on the subject for over ten years, so I think I'm fairly well qualified to know what I'm talking about.

  • http://www.radiolondon.co.uk/ Mary Payne

    In France, 'The Boat That rocked' was called 'Good Morning London', presumably a nod to 'Good Morning Vietnam' and to alert audiences to its subject matter.

    Focus Films has posted a feature its website on supposedly about the real story of offshore radio in the UK and written by an academic.

    http://www.filminfocus.com/article/ahoy__pirate…

    This article is full of factual errors, the most oft-repeated of which is that the stations were illegal. (They were not, because they were anchored in International waters.) I've pointed this out to Peter Bowen, the site's Editorial Director, as have two of the original 'pirate' DJs Colin Nichol and Ian MacRae.and all three of us have been totally ignored.

    The Boat That Rocked is fiction and a far cry from reality, but if Focus is going to post a feature about the real pirates, it needs to get its facts right. I've been running a website on the subject for over ten years, so I think I'm fairly well qualified to know what I'm talking about.

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