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Fisherman’s Friends the movie is in cinemas from March 15th 2019

Fisherman’s Friends the movie is in cinemas fnext week. It is inspired by the unlikely story of the local 8-piece Cornish singing group Fisherman’s Friends, who were based just a few miles down the coast in Port Isaac.  

They signed a major record deal in 2010 and their album “Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends” went Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album.

Movie Synopsis:

A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy).

He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton, David Hayman, Dave Johns, and Noel Clarke, FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS was shot on location in Cornwall and comes from director Chris Foggin (KIDS IN LOVE) with a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft (FINDING YOUR FEET), Meg Leonard (FINDING YOUR FEET) and Piers Ashworth (ST. TRINIANS).

Behind the wit, warmth and energy promised in the film, lie the stark facts of a tragedy that threatened to rob the real band of Cornish singers of their good spirits for ever.

In 2013, on the last day of a small national tour, the 10-strong group’s outstanding tenor soloist, Trevor Grills, and the band’s promoter, Paul McMullen, were both killed in a backstage accident.

The group’s second album, One And All, had been recorded a few weeks before the accident, but its release was put on hold, as was early talk of a film charting their meteoric rise. Remaining band members turned down a chance to tour America.

A year after the accident Nicholas, the accordion player, said that none of them had felt like singing together or accepting gigs for a long while.  But a year to the day after the accident, Fisherman’s Friends reunited to sing again at the Royal Albert Hall, receiving a standing ovation.

The story is about the events leading up to their fame and about their effect on other people, so it does not cover the tradgedy or how they eventually bounced back.

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Updated on January 27th, 2013

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