Whirled Docs: Drowned City

From local Peckham resident, director Faith Millin's 'Drowned City' is a unique journey with those who partake in the dangerous, nightly battles broadcasting illegal radio around London city. 

The traditional definition of piracy refers to robbery or other criminal acts committed by private parties at sea. In modern history, the term also became attributed to radio senders who contravened the monopoly on the airwaves. Since the early 1960's, the number of radio stations and individuals broadcasting illegally in the U.K. has grown exponentially. 

The film moves with some of today's youth, who spend their days and nights transmitting from tower blocks and warehouses; with nostalgic, experienced ex-pirates who have lost their battles with Ofcom and paid the price; and with mainstream stars who owe their fame and fortune today to their early start in pirate radio.

Through unprecedented access to the secret lives of pirates, we are offered the opportunity to ask why these individuals take such enormous risks for illegal broadcasting. The stories told provide an insight into the poignant affect pirate radio has had on their lives.
Whether seen as an alternative to a life of serious crime, an opportunity to express themselves, or the thrill of the chase from the authorities, pirate radio culture in London has had a profound impact on the characters explored in Drowned City.


Faith Millin

Mon 4 May Starts 8:30pm

Running Time: 90