FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (12A)
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (12A)
Run time: 104 MINS
Director: Chris Foggin
Cast: Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton, David Hayman, Dave Johns, and Noel Clarke,
Synopsis: A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a 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’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families 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.
Fisherman’s Friends is a 2019 feelgood comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin [Kids in Love (2016)] from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.
It is produced by Moorcroft, Leonard and James Spring, the team that brought us the 2018 runaway hit film Finding Your Feet.
The film is based on a true story about Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen from the small, picturesque fishing village, who were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties.
The film features 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.
A fast-living, cynical London music executive, the always impressive Danniel Mays,Danny) finds himself in a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s tricked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of acapella shanty singing fishermen, led by James Purefoy. At first he appears to be a hopeless fish out of water, as he struggles to gain the respect of the unlikely boy band and their families, including Tuppence Middleton, who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he is drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he is forced to re-evaluate his own morality and integrity and ultimately question what success really means.
This is an enjoyable, amiable, feelgood British comedy-drama, uplifting and undemanding entertainment, with stunning cinematography from Simon Tindall.
There is even a brief glimpse of Port Isaac’s celebrity chef, Nathan Outlaw who certainly makes the most of his few seconds on screen as an incomer seeing his Chelsea tractor engulfed by the sea.
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