Now our image of folk singers is that of a bearded sweater wearing soap dodger with hand cupped to his ear and a ragged lurcher at his feet that’s rolled around in goodness only knows what but the Fisherman’s Friends trailer is not quite that.
The FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS trailer is the heart-warming true story of a group of Cornish fishermen who were signed by the legendary Island Records (label to artists including Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley and U2) and went on to score a UK top ten album.
A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Daniel 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.’
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends trailer has them meet on the harbour in their native Port Isaac, to raise money for charity by singing traditional songs of the sea (Sea Shanties) handed down to them by their forefathers.
Their 2010 album “Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends” was certified Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. They sang for Her Majesty the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, released an additional two hit albums, played for hundreds of thousands of fans including a performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
The film opens in the UK and Ireland on 15th March 2019.
Here’s the Fisherman’s Friends trailer…….