Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade and stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. The film is Ayoade’s directorial debut.
Filmed mostly in Barry, Wales, the movie is a portrait of Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), who believes he is a tortured literary genius and fantasises about an outpouring of grief at his untimely death, when he is in fact socially inept, awkward and unpopular. Convinced that his marine biologist father (Noah Taylor) is depressed and his mother (Sally Hawkins) is having an affair with old flame Graham (Paddy Considine), “a hippy-looking twonk”, he embarks on a misguided campaign to bring the family back together while attempting to impress his classmate Jordana Bevan (Yasmin Paige), a straight-talking, eczema-suffering pyromaniac who “hates any place that could be termed romantic”.
The film premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. Following a generally positive reception it was picked up by The Weinstein Company for a North American release. The film also played at the 54th London Film Festival in October 2010 and was played out of competition at the 27th Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.It was also screened along with 400 other films at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival the next month.It went on general release in the UK on March 18 and released on June 3 in the US.
Around 100 actors submitted video auditions for the roles of Oliver, Jordana and Chips. Michael Sheen and X Factor contestant Lucie Jones were originally cast in the film but dropped out due to other commitments.