We know that Giovanna Battaglia possesses an amazing and eclectic sense of style. While it is difficult to sum it up in a few words, her style is definitely marked by rock chick elements. Remember that black Valentino dress she wore to the Vogue Paris masquerade ball? And those red Christian Louboutin boots she paired it with? Exactly. Giovanna even prefers her men to be a bit rock ’n’ roll as she is currently dating Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, a man who would be fabulous as the lead singer of a rock band were he not busy dealing art. It is therefore hardly surprising that one of Gio's favorite movies is the 2009 British comedy Pirate Radio (retitled The Boat That Rocked in Europe): as she describes it, "Music, British, great style and fun rock 'n' roll!"
For those who have not seen the film, it centers on a pirate ship which plays music from the middle of the North Sea, drawing in half the English radio audience. The DJs onboard actually stand up to a government that wanted Brits to enjoy classical music solely and nothing else. One of the main protagonists is seventeen-year-old Carl (Tom Sturridge): his life changes when he is sent to stay with his godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy) who runs the "Radio Rock" station. Consequently, Carl soon finds out that even pirate radio ships can live by the credo of "sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll," and in the midst of this atmosphere the young man not only falls in love but also learns the true identity of one of the ship’s passengers — a revelation that will change his life forever. However, while Carl’s storyline may have its serious moments, the film does not lack a true rock ’n’ roll vibe. In fact, when the Marine Offences Act makes pirate radio stations illegal, the ship’s DJs decide that the show must go on nonetheless. But then an explosion goes off on the ship and the lives of the rebellious rockers are at stake....
Will they or won’t they make it? Our lips are sealed, so you’ll need to watch this rocking film to find out! However, we will say it is evident why Giovanna loves Pirate Radio: rock ’n’ roll, truly memorable fashion, amazing actors (Bill Nighy and Philip Seymour Hoffman amongst others), and a rebellious streak, just like Gio herself. Despite the fact that the film did not do very well at the box office, earning only £16.1 million in its first 12 weeks in Britain, it is truly worth seeing. Rock on!
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