‘Stay Sailing’, directed by Michael Chandler, looks at pirate radio, warts and all, providing a unique insight into this underworld phenomena.
The film features exclusive interviews with DJs and managers, from Passion, Rinse, Origin, Kiss, Itch and many more – as well as some of the pirate scene’s biggest names, such as DJ MK (now on Kiss) and Flight (previously on BBC’s 1Xtra). The film also gained exclusive access to some of the studios, locations and rooftops as pirates scaled a West London tower block at night to put up their rigs. Pirates have been integral to the UK’s music scene, but also provide a hub for communities, opportunities for the excluded, and something positive for street youth to do – but they are illegal. They regularly fight the law, and keep coming back.
This is the story of Pirates as they face their toughest challenge yet – the digital age.
Will it kill FM?
Will pirates be able to keep sailing the airwaves, or are they dead in the water?
Directed by Michael Chandler, ex-pirate DJ The Furious
Produced by Hazel Chandler