A well-accomplished actor, television presenter, DJ and documentary maker, Reggie Yates is now trying his hand in directing. His latest project, Pirates, is the star’s debut feature film and his chance to show the world his version of London.
Set on New Year’s Eve in 1999, the coming-of-age comedy follows three London teens as they navigate a hectic day from start to finish. Brought together by their love for music, best friends Kidda (Reda Elazouar), Two Tone (Jordan Peters) and Cappo (Elliot Edusah) are regulars on pirate radio – as the boys hope to one day get their big break in music.
Wanting to enter the new millennium in style, their ultimate goal is to attend the city’s hottest and most exclusive New Year’s party– Twice As Nice. One small problem – they don’t have tickets.
Pirates follows the trio as they scour the city in their small Peugeot, searching high and low for a way into London’s biggest Y2K party. Not only is their day filled with finding (and losing, and searching all over again) for tickets, it’s also occupied with trying to bag the perfect designer fits and Two Tone planning a New Year's kiss with his dream girl, Sophie (Kassius Nelson).
The film emphasises the importance of friendship and brotherhood – particularly during the transition to adulthood. With Cappo soon going to university, the boys are aware that the dynamics of their long-standing friendship will soon be changing. Wanting to enjoy the last New Year’s as they know it, they are determined to make the most of their night together.
Overflowing with nostalgia, Pirates gives viewers a peek into the 90s UK Garage scene and London culture. The film’s soundtrack consists of throwback tunes from Garage icons such as Ms Dynamite, So Solid Crew and Hardrive.
"There are so many intersections that have shaped my identity. Garage is a core part of what I feel brings our community together, but it's joy has somehow been hard to capture or explain on a global scale" says Yates. "What this film does so beautifully is illustrate that visual impressions bare no insight to what truly defines a person. The story of strength in friendship between black boys is so uplifting, inspiring and hopeful".
Pirates will be released in cinemas on the 26 November. Watch the trailer below: