Fisherman's Friends (film)

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Fisherman's Friends
Fisherman's Friends Theatrical Poster.jpg
Directed byChris Foggin
Produced by
Written by
  • Nick Moorcroft
  • Meg Leonard
  • Piers Ashworth
Music byRupert Christie
CinematographySimon Tindall
Edited byJohnny Daukes
  • Powder Keg Pictures
  • Fred Films
Distributed by
Release date
  • 15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Fisherman's Friends is a 2019 biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The film is based on a true story about Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac who were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties.[1]

The film stars an ensemble cast headed by Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton with David Hayman, Noel Clarke, Dave Johns, Maggie Steed, Sam Swainsbury and Christian Brassington playing key supporting roles.

It was produced by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and James Spring, who produced hit film Finding Your Feet through their production companies Powder Keg Pictures and Fred Films.


A fast living, cynical London music executive reluctantly heads to Cornwall on a colleague’s stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ struggling to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. Attempting to overcome the fishermen’s scepticism about the music business, he finds himself drawn into the community, has his integrity tested and ultimately is shown the meaning of loyalty, love and friendship. This forces him to re-evaluate what really matters in life; ultimately giving him the chance of a different kind of success.


Two-Michelin-starred Port Isaac chef Nathan Outlaw has a cameo role as a man who has unwisely parked his car where the tide can swamp it.[2]



In 2010, the Fisherman's Friends performed live on This Morning. The films writers and producers, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft saw them perform and contacted the group's manager and optioned their life rights with fellow producer, James Spring.


Filming commenced on 30 April 2018 on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall and London for five weeks.[3] All members of the band have cameos in the film and worked as consultants on the film.

Box Office[edit]

The film was released on 503 screens on 15 March 2019 in the United Kingdom and debuted at #2 in the UK Box office chart grossing $1,534,908 in its opening weekend behind global box office phenomenon Captain Marvel. The film was #3 in its second weekend taking $1,285,332. The film was #4 in its 3rd weekend taking $820,293. As of Friday 10th May 2019, the film had grossed $9,553,041.


Island Records released the films original soundtrack titled Keep Hauling - Music From The Movie on 15 March 2019.[4]


  1. ^ Alberge, Dalya (13 May 2018). "From shanties to the screen: Fisherman's Friends inspire feelgood UK film". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Trewhela, Lee (15 March 2019). "Fisherman's Friends film is a Cornish cliché but one you will love". Cornwall Live.
  3. ^ Harding, Laura (8 May 2018). "Production begins on Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends film starring Noel Clarke". The Irish Independent.
  4. ^ "Fisherman's Friends' Soundtrack Album Announced". 20 December 2018.

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