The first media screening of the upcoming ensemble comedy, The Boat that Rocked, took place in London this week, and featured a lesbian character, Felicity, played by English actress Katherine Parkinson.
The film, from director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary), focuses on the staff of a pirate radio station in 1960s Britain. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy and Kenneth Branagh, the film “is about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz.”
According to AfterEllen.com reader Karen, Parkinson’s Felicity is the only woman on board, and while her role as a shady lady is somewhat minor, it does involve an on-screen, same-sex romance.
Parkinson has appeared in a handful of films, including last year’s adaptation of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (maybe you didn’t notice her playing a publicist, because you were too focused on Megan Fox walking through a swimming pool in a skimpy dress?). The Boat that Rocked hits U.K. theaters on April 1. Other release dates, and more information are available on the film’s website.