Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 52m
When Danny, a Universal Records music executive (Daniel Mays), is on a stag do in the remote Cornish village of Port Isaac, he stumbles upon a ten-man a cappella group of grizzled locals singing traditional sea shanties. His boss Troy (Noel Clarke) urges him to sign the band.
Despite having no understanding nor appreciation of the folk music Danny endeavours to land a deal with the rightly sceptical singers, unaware that Troy had actually been joking.
However, the more time Danny spends with The Fisherman’s Friends the more he falls in love with the music, as well as the simple joys afforded by a tight-knit village community. He also finds his head being turned by comely local hotelier Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton) and love starts to blossom. Against the backdrop of the rise of history’s most unlikely boy band, what starts as a fish-out-of-water story becomes a tale of redemption much in the vein of Local Hero.
Based (somewhat loosely) on the real band The Fisherman’s Friends, Director Chris Foggin has created the kind of warm-hearted feel-good film that Britain specialises in.
See this if you liked The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off.