Craig Roberts discusses the strange experience of meeting Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner for the first time
Craig Roberts, the actor who played the role of Oliver Tate in 2010 coming-of-age Submarine, has been reflecting on the project on its ten year anniversary.
The film, which was directed by Richard Ayoade, marked Alex Turner’s first foray into cinema when he created the soundtrack alongside Andrew Hewitt who was working on the score. “Oliver (played by Roberts) is a Welsh teen who has some things on his mind,” the official synopsis reads. “First is losing his virginity before his 16th birthday. He sets out to woo his feisty classmate Jordana. Then Oliver focuses on holding his family together. His father, a depressed marine biologist, seems unequal to the task of preventing Oliver’s mother from succumbing to the dubious charms of a spiritual guru from down the road.”
The film, which also starred the likes of Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins, was adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne and earned critical acclaim in the field of independent cinema. While the picture proved a success, it was the introduction of Alex Turner which garnered major international attention. “I remember my friends going crazy that the Arctic Monkeys were doing the soundtrack and that’s when I started listening to all their music,” Roberts told NME on reflection,
“Like everyone else, I thought they were incredible. I was actually listening to ‘AM’ yesterday. With that, and their last album [‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’], I don’t even know what genre of music they are anymore – it’s just ‘Arctic Monkeys’. They’re so unique.”
He added: “When I met Alex for the first time it instantly became this weird thing of people telling me that I looked like him. It was all very strange.”