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The Boat That Rocked
Saturday 3th November 2018 in the Village Hall
StarsBill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans & many others…
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 57 mins Rated: R
Based on the true story of pirate radio, "The Boat That Rocked" features a wacky band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation whilst  standing up to a government that wanted classical music, on the airwaves.
The time frame is the 1960's, arguably the "golden age" of rock.  But the BBC only played one hour a day of that sort of music. The solution: pirate radio stations situated in the North Sea, playing rock music 24/7; and legally escaping governmental control.
Expelled from school, young Carl (Jim Sturridge) is sent by his mother to help on the boat that broadcasts Radio Rock.  He ends up sharing experiences with her friend the eccentric manager (Bill Nighy) and the DJs, which include the sardonic Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the philandering Gavin (Rhys Ifans) and Doctor Dave (Nick Frost). Their biggest problem is the British government, personified specifically by an uptight minister (Kenneth Branagh) who intends to shut down pirate radio for good.
The film takes the audience through love, friendship, rebellion, and above all, the power of music; and it was the surprise comedy of 2009.   A film with real heart and feeling that never takes itself too seriously.  With a superlative cast and killer soundtrack, it is a fun, uplifting and an inspiring comedy in which the   young of the era form a strong, resonant bond with pop music.