Background Information♪ Period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea,1960’s.♪ Renamed Pirate Radio in North America and had 20 minutes taken off at the end after the film’s commercial failure in the British Box Office.♪ In the first 12 weeks of it’s release, the British Box Office’s revenues were less than a quarter of it’s production costs - £6.1 million.
Production♪ Written and directed by Richard Curtis♪ Made by Working Title Films for Universal Studios.♪ The production cost totalled up to £50 million.♪ North Sea scenes were shot off Portland Bill♪ Interior shots filmed inside a warehouse in Osprey Quay on the Isle of Portland and at Shepperton Studios
If you didnt know how much the film cost to make, how could you tell?You could eliminate the setting frombeing “big budget” as it probably didnot cost as much as most movie setswould. Money would have been spentmostly on actors as they are very wellknown, award winning actors anddistribution, posters andadvertisement. There aren’t a lot ofspecial effects but the specific one thatthere is (the rushing water in the boat)must have cost quite a lot. Some moneywould have to go to the artists’ music
How can we tell the genre of the film?How does the film fulfil its purpose of the genre?The movie is very humorous, and the characters have laid back, witty and care free attitudes.
How is it targeted towards a) a US market? b) a UK market? (Both production and distribution)a) In terms of being targetedtowards a US market, it stars PhillipSeymour Hoffman who is an Americanactor to advertise the film toAmericans. A majority of Americansare hugely into pop androck, another incentive to watch it.b) The cast is predominantlyBritish, enticing the British audience.It’s inspired by a true story that wasdirectly linked to Britain. Music is
How can we tell it isnt a big-budget Hollywood film? The setting gives away that it’s not a big-budget film. There are no over the top special effects apart fromthe boat sinking. The storyline is very specific, whereas some Hollywood films would reach out to a much wider audience with a suitable storyline.
What do we think they spent the most money on, in terms of production? In terms of production, I think they spent the most money on actors, possibly props as well. The props especially as they represent the time period in which it is set. Thespecial effect of the water pouring inand the boat sinking must have cost a significant amount too.
How has the language changed overtime? How is it similar/different? How does this draw in specific audiences?The language is not too different. It ismodern language but what we would know as over exaggeration of swearing, that suggests how much of a big deal swearing was in that era. It’s not what they say that represents the time period; it’s howthey say it. The language will draw in the younger generation as well as the older generation; it is suitable
Does the film have any qualities of a Hollywood Blockbuster? In terms of a Hollywood blockbuster, it has the special effects of the water rushing in theboat, the sinking of the boat and the stunt with The Count and Gavin. The storyline does not have a lot of thrilling or dramatic moments or twists, which is what a Hollywood blockbuster would consist of. The “happy ending” aspect is very
Are there any well-knownactors that tempt you towatch the film? Do theyfulfil your expectations?
Bill Nighy Bill Nighy is incredibly well known for being in Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, LoveActually and Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Hefulfils your expectations by being a high maintenance character which he is in HarryPotter and Pirates of theCaribbean, and he is very
Nick FrostNick Frost is knownfor a lot of comedieswith his “partner-in-crime” SimonPegg, such as HotFuzz, Shaun of theDead and Paul. He isrenowned for beingvery funny, which he isin this film.
Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh is aShakespearianactor, whogenerally plays“posh” characters.He’s starred in HarryPotter, Valkyrie andis known forShakespeariantheatre. He fulfilsthe expectations inthis film by takingon the role ofsomeone who is
How does it appeal to younger audiences? This film appears to the youngeraudiences with the aspect of comedyand displays popular topics amongstthe younger audience like sex, drugs and music. Music especially entices the younger audience because it has increasingly become part of our culture.
How does the music (production) help to sell (advertise) the film?The music may bring back memories to the certain older audience, creating interest. This older audience may have childrenand want to educate them about the music they listened to when they were their age.
There was around 5hrs of footage for a 2 hour film. What does this tell you about the production?This tells you that they had a lot ofmoney put into the production of it. Alot of money would have been saved on the setting so they could easily produce more hours than theyneeded. Also because it was based ona historical event, they had more to go on.