Fisherman's Friends (film)
|Directed by||Chris Foggin|
|Music by||Rupert Christie|
|Edited by||Johnny Daukes|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Film Distributors (United Kingdom)|
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.
A fast living, cynical London music executive, Danny, reluctantly heads to Cornwall on a colleague’s stag weekend, Henry, 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 or 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
- Daniel Mays as Danny
- James Purefoy as Jim
- David Hayman as Jago
- Dave Johns as Leadville
- Sam Swainsbury as Rowan
- Tuppence Middleton as Alwyn
- Noel Clarke as Troy
- Christian Brassington as Henry
- Maggie Steed as Maggie
- Vahid Gold as Driss
- Jo Hart as Journalist
- Julian Seager as Trieve
- Christopher Villiers as Charles Montague
- Meadow Nobrega as Tamsyn
- Jade Anouka as Leah
- Ashley Bannerman as Nurse
In 2010, the Fisherman's Friends performed live on This Morning. The film's 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. All members of the band have cameos in the film and worked as consultants on the film.
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, who has a supporting role in the film, 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".
A sequel, about the band singing at Glastonbury, is in pre-production.
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