The IT Crowd’s geeky Richard Ayoade makes his silver screen debut behind the camera with ‘Submarine’, based on Joe Dunthorne’s 2008 novel of the same name. The film is set in Swansea and follows Oliver Tate, a 16 year old who is concerned with only two priorities: losing his virginity and stopping his mother from leaving his father. This comical, coming-of-age drama stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine; Michael Sheen and former X Factor finalist Lucie Jones were originally cast, but had to pull out due to other commitments. Ayoade’s film has already earned excellent reviews from critics.

Arctic Monkey’s frontman, Alex Turner, has contributed to the movie with a 6-track solo EP entitled Submarine EP. The EP, which was released on Monday, includes the melancholy ‘Hiding Tonight’ and downbeat ode ‘Glass In The Park’. Critics have praised Turner’s solo efforts, describing it as a “break from the energetic, northern indie music that shot him to fame”, but a stark and very important reminder that Turner is “a talented and romantic songwriter, at just 25”.

The Arctic Monkeys are currently working with producer James Ford in Los Angeles on their forthcoming album. The band have already been confirmed as headliners at some of this summer’s major music festivals, including T In The Park.

Submarine EP is out now on Domino Records. The movie is released nationwide on 18th of March.

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