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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Fisherman's Friends film planned

A film is to be made of the Fisherman's Friends rise to fame
A film is to be made of the Fisherman's Friends rise to fame

The Fisherman's Friends are headed to the big screen, with a film planned about their rise to fame.

Director Nigel Cole, who is behind British dramas Calendar Girls and Made In Dagenham, will take the reins on the movie, which would be based on the "trials, tribulations and tragedy" of the folk and shanty 10-piece group from Port Isaac.

The male singing group signed a record deal with Universal Music in March 2010, and have released three albums, the first two being self-released. Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, their first album with Universal, peaked in ninth place on the UK albums chart, leading to a Glastonbury performance, and their next album One And All will be out on August 19.

The band suffered two losses when bandmate Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul McMullen died after a heavy steel door fell during rehearsal preparations in Guildford.

Fimmaker Nigel said: "I am very much looking forward to making the film. It will be a truly British movie."

The film, which is written by St Trinian's screenwriters Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth, will begin the casting process in late 2013.

Producer Barnaby Thompson said: "The story of the Fisherman's Friends' extraordinary rise from singing in the local pub to playing the main stage at Glastonbury is truly unique. We can't wait to get down to Port Isaac to start shooting it."

Filming on the film is set to begin in spring 2014.

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