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
  • Head Gear Films
  • Powder Keg Pictures
  • Fred Films
  • Kreo Films
  • Legacy
  • Metrol Technology
  • BondIt Media Capital
Distributed byEntertainment Film Distributors
Release date
  • 15 March 2019 (2019-03-15) (United Kingdom)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$11,553,041

Fisherman's Friends is a 2019 British romantic comedy film directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The film is based on a true story about 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 Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, David Hayman, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Tuppence Middleton, Noel Clarke, Christian Brassington, Maggie Steed, Jade Anouka.


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

Cast in contractual order[edit]

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]



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 third weekend taking $820,293. As of Friday 10 May 2020, the film had grossed $11,553,041.


Noel Clarke, a black British actor, was credited on the UK poster but his image was not featured. Writing on Twitter, Clarke said "not one of these other actors spoke up for me when I was left off the poster".[4]


Island Records released the film's original soundtrack titled Keep Hauling - Music From The Movie on 15 March 2019.[5]


A sequel, about the band singing at Glastonbury, is in pre-production. The film will be called Fishermen's Friends 2: Bound for South Australia.[6]


  1. ^ Alberge, Dalya (13 May 2018). "From shanties to the screen: Fisherman's Friends inspire feelgood UK film". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ Trewhela, Lee (15 March 2019). "Fisherman's Friends film is a Cornish cliché but one you will love". Cornwall Live. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ Harding, Laura (8 May 2018). "Production begins on Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends film starring Noel Clarke". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Noel Clarke: I was left off Fisherman's Friends poster – and none of the cast spoke up". the Guardian. 29 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Fisherman's Friends' Soundtrack Album Announced". 20 December 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ "UK Box Office Hit 'Fisherman's Friends' To Get Australia-Set Movie Sequel — Cannes". 17 May 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2020.

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