Emma’s role: Charlotte
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Screenplay by: Richard Curtis
Release date: UK – 1 April 2009, US – 13 November 2009
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Count
Bill Nighy – Quentin
Rhys Ifans – Gavin
Tom Sturridge – ‘Young’ Carl
Kenneth Branagh – Minister Dormandy
Jack Davenport – Twatt
January Jones – Elenore
Gemma Arterton – Desiree
The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock – a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.
It’s the fourth time that Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh work together after Dead Again, Peter’s Friends and Much Ado About Nothing. Nevertheless, it’s the first time where both don’t appear together in a same scene.