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The Independent Film Forum: 9. The Boat that Rocked

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Richard Curtis's comedy about pirate radio

The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'The Boat That Rocked'

Pirate radio and Richard Curtis - it should have been a winning combination. But was it? The latest film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is The Boat That Rocked. Sentimental pap or rocking comedy? Is the ensemble cast any good? Is the film worth it for the soundtrack alone? Add your comments below and we'll print the best of them in next Wednesday's paper.

This actor's life: Andrew Lincoln is an altogether different animal in his latest stage role

Andrew Lincoln – cherubically curly, puppy dog-eyed love interest on British TV screens for the past decade – doesn't look quite himself today. His exuberant locks have been tamed, almost shaved off, he's wearing a lurid lime green and emerald golf sweater and is jangling some really quite nasty, cheap, yellowy gold jewellery. You'd never catch comfy old This Life favourite Egg, or classy, romantic Mark (who falls for his best friend's bride in Love Actually) in such an ostentatious rude-boy get-up.

Stars come out for Boat That Rocked premiere

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.

Battle stations: The fight for pirate radio

As a new film celebrates the Radio Caroline generation, Ian Burrell tracks down the DJs at Britain's hottest illegal station, and finds a band of modern-day buccaneers desperate to be part of the establishment – if only the authorities would listen

Coming Soon: A springtime of spin-offs

If this spring's biggest new releases don't seem particularly new, that's because almost every major film that's coming soon to a cinema near you has already come to a bookshop near you or a television that's even nearer. The most obvious example is Star Trek (8 May), a prequel to the original TV series which could have been subtitled When Kirk Met Spock. A troupe of young actors take over the iconic roles, including Simon Pegg as Scotty.

Enter The Independent's 'The Boat That Rocked' competition

To celebrate the release of Richard Curtis’ new comedy The Boat That Rocked in cinemas 1 April, The Independent is offering one lucky person the chance to experience life aboard the real boat that rocked.

The swashbuckling rock rebels of Radio Caroline

In the Sixties, only one station truly tuned into the spirit of the age. Radio Caroline sparked a pop revolution – and now it's inspired a movie. John Walsh sails back in time

The Boat That Rocked - Worldwide exclusive clip

Independent.co.uk has been given the worldwide exclusive rights to show a clip from Richard Curtis’ new film The Boat That Rocked.

Top 20 films that make you feel good

There's little to celebrate in these wintry, recession-hit times, but some movies will always lift the spirits. Geoffrey Macnab salutes the best in cinematic soul-food

Pandora: BBC bosses perform U-turn in hunt for new World Service chief

The BBC has performed an embarrassing volte-face over its appointment of the next director of the World Service. The corporation has been heavily criticised in recent days after it emerged that the estimated £300,000-a-year position, which will be vacated by Nigel Chapman in the new year, would only be open to candidates from within the BBC.

Katy Guest: Don't mess with my happy ending, doctor

So romcoms are not true to life. That's the point

Christmas comeback for Blackadder

Blackadder is to make a one-off comeback this Christmas - with the first in-depth interview with Rowan Atkinson about his character and involvement.

Nerds united in hit sitcom

It may not be to everyone's taste, but The IT Crowd doesn't 'do' edgy. And that's precisely why James Rampton likes it

PM reveals celebrity house guests

A list of all those who joined the Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the country retreat during his first year as Premier, also including the Duke of York, was published by No 10 today.

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