2010 Comedy Drama

Writer/director Richard Ayoade adapts author Joe Dunthorne's acerbic coming-of-age novel to the big screen with this comedy centered on the efforts of precocious Welsh 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to prevent his mother (Sally Hawkins) from having an affair with a smooth-talking spiritual guru (Paddy Considine) after his morose father (Noah Taylor) loses the will to fight for his marriage.

Director: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Craig Roberts, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins,Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige


  • Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    27 April 2013

  • Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack. A fresh and inventive cinematic voice, he's taken a subject that's been beaten half to death and brought it miraculously to life in his smart and funny debut feature, Submarine.

    Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times

    27 April 2013

  • Ayoade, the British comic making a remarkable feature debut with his adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, blends mirth and malice with deadpan brilliance.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    27 April 2013

  • Ayoade is well known to British viewers for his role as a coddled nerd in the sitcom "The IT Crowd," so it's fair to expect laughs from his directorial debut feature. But much depends on your mind-set; U.S. audiences could have trouble with the movie's less-than-sunny worldview.

    Amy Biancolli - The San Francisco Chronicle

    27 April 2013

  • Submarine has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    27 April 2013


  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

    BAFTA Awards (2012)

  • Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau)

    BAFTA Awards, Wales (2012)

  • Best Screenplay

    British Independent Film Awards (2011)

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    Chlotrudis Awards (2012)

  • Best British Film

    Empire Awards, UK (2012)