1966 was one of the best years for rock & roll music but it was also the year that most radio stations in the UK refused to play this type of music due to “moral and ethical reasons”. Rock music was mostly banned on public radio stations because it was considered perverted and immoral.
Radio Rock didn’t want to follow the government rules and since their crew members loved rock & roll, they decided to start broadcasting this type of music through a radio station… onboard a boat in the North Sea.
When Carl (Tom Sturridge) had to go to the boat, after being expelled from his private school, to stay with his eccentric godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy), he was not very pleased about being isolated in the middle of the sea surrounded by a group of music lovers.
But soon after meeting them all and discovering the insurgent character of all the people who lived on the boat, he loved being part of it, enjoyed their company and became very fond of the music they played.
Unfortunately, someone who was not so passionate about the boat was Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) one of the ministers of the Government at the time who was determined to shut down the radio station by any possible means.
While Carl, Quentin and the rest of the members of the “Rock Boat” (as it was popularly known) were unaware of Dormandy’s plans, they carried on broadcasting rock & roll music and spreading rebel messages through the radio.
I warmly recommend this movie to watch with your friends if you want to have a fantastic time. The script is full of cracking lines and lots of memorable moments and the actors do a fantastic job playing each one of these iconic characters. Especially remarkable are Bill Nighy playing the role of Quentin, Rhys Ifans as DJ Gavin Kavanagh or Nick Frost as Doctor Dave.
As you might expect, this movie features a remarkable soundtrack that takes in hits from the 60s and 70s including songs from The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, The Who…and many other great bands.
So, if you love rock & roll and pop music, this is the right movie for you.
Written By Lucía Vázquez.