Archive of films Submarine / Submarine

United Kingdom / USA
2010, 94 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2011

He’s fifteen, he needs to lose his virginity and, what’s more, he intends to rescue his mother from one of her old flames, a smarmy new-age guru. The stories of Oliver Tate, based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne, were created by debuting British director Richard Ayoade, known to Czech audiences primarily as the actor who plays Moss from the series "The IT Crowd.”


Oliver is fifteen and his life is full of the kind of worries boys his age have – he is suffering an existential crisis, he’s determined to lose his virginity and he’s afraid his parents’ marriage won’t go the distance. But the tale of this young Welsh lad differs in his view of the world, his problems and, most of all, of himself. Based on the book by Joe Dunthorne, the film is a portrait of a precocious, somewhat self-centred young man who likes to see himself as a hero in a film about his own life. But as a reader of dictionaries he is, naturally, not the most popular guy in town. His story, told in the first person, isn’t simply a catalogue of everyday experiences, but a mixed bag of reminiscences, fantasies, fears, eccentric observations and pseudo-philosophical reflections. Submarine is the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade, the treasured actor behind Moss from the British sit-com "The IT Crowd.” With his cinematic invention, he not only succeeded in preserving the specific humour of the novel, but he also found the film vision to match it.

About the director

Richard Ayoade (b. 1977, London) was born to a Nigerian father and Norwegian mother. He studied law at St Catharine’s College in Cambridge (1995-98). He made his name as co-writer on the comic horror show (with Matthew Holness) Garth Marenghi’s Fright Knight, whose spin-off Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead brought them the 2001 Perrier Award. They then transferred fictional horror writer Garth Marenghi to the TV screen in 2004 (the series "Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”). His character from this series returned in 2006 to the comedy chat show "Man to Man with Dean Learner.” Ayoade is best known for creating the brilliant computer nerd Moss in the sit-com "The IT Crowd” (2006–10). Ayoade was involved as director in a majority of the series mentioned above, and he has also made several music videos. Submarine is his feature film debut.


Protagonist Pictures
48-48 Great Portland Stcy, W1W 7NB, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 734 9000
E-mail: [email protected]

Jirečkova 8, 170 00, Praha 7
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 947 566
Fax: +420 224 947 566
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Richard Ayoade
Screenplay: Richard Ayoade podle románu Submarine Joea Dunthorna / inspired by Joe Dunthorne’s novel of the same name
Dir. of Photography: Erik Wilson
Music: Andrew Hewitt
Editor: Chris Dickens, Nick Ferton
Producer: Andy Stebbing, Mark Herbert, Mary Burke
Production: Warp Films
Cast: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Paddy Considine, Gemma Chan, Sally Hawkins
Contact: Protagonist Pictures, Aerofilms
Distributor: Aerofilms


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