Curtis's 'Boat' sets sail

Filming starts on pirate radio comedy

Love Actually writer Richard Curtis has started shooting his latest film – his first that’s not a romantic comedy.

The Boat That Rocked is set on a pirate radio ship anchored in the English Channel in the late Sixties.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Rhys Ifans and Nick Frost all play DJs, with Bill Nighy as their boss and Kenneth Branagh as the government minister trying to shut them down.

Shooting began yesterday at Shepperton Studios – and on a rusty trawler in the Channel – and is expected to take two months.The film – written and directed by Curtis - is scheduled for release in 2009.

Published: 4 Mar 2008

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