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Monday 22 December 2014

Stars out for Boat That Rocked premiere

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell at last night’s star-studded premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s new movie, The Boat That Rocked, at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell at last night’s star-studded premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s new movie, The Boat That Rocked, at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square.
Actress Gemma Arterton and director Kenneth Branagh
British actress Gemma Arterton arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actress Gemma Arterton arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actor Rhys Ifans arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actress Tallulah Riley arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British DJ Johnny Walker arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actor Bill Nighy and wife actress Diane Quick arrive for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actor Nick Frost arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actor Rhys Ifans, centre, arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British singer Geri Halliwell arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actors Bill Nighy, Tallulah Riley, Rhys Ifans and Gemma Arterton, from left, arrive for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actresses Tallulah Riley and Gemma Arterton arrive for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and an unidentified friend, arrives for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo / Joel Ryan)
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and an unidentified friend arrive for the World Premiere of The Boat That Rocked in London's Leicester Square, Monday, March 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Stars including Belfast’s Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy turned out last night for the world premiere of The Boat That Rocked.

A red carpet wound through the middle of London’s Leicester Square as women dressed in skimpy 60s outfits danced on a plinth with vinyl record discs in the background.

The movie, from the director of Love Actually, Richard Curtis, is about young people, the 1960s and pop music.

It centres around a band of DJs who captivate Britain by playing music that defines a generation as pirate radio plays rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day.

Those behind the film said that more than half the population of Britain listened to the pirates every single day.

Arterton described the film as “fun, fun, fun all the time. It was brilliant”.

Branagh said: “There was a lot of fun from being the guy who is trying to shut them down.”

Nighy said: “I did enjoy making the film and I’m not just saying that.

“We floated on a boat off the coast of Dorset with a bunch of very cool guys, we played lots of music, you could have a toasted cheese sandwich any time you wanted.”

Nighy said he had never been a classical English actor, adding that Shakespeare posed a problem “because you can’t operate in those kind of trousers”.

Ifans, wearing rock star dark glasses and a snakeskin-style jacket, ambled up and down the red carpet.

Curtis said that Notting Hill star Ifans was handsome in this film. “He’s improving with age,” he said.

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