Heart And Sole
A group of shanty-singing fishermen net themselves a record deal in a feel-good British comedy-drama inspired by the true story of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends.
Five fishermen, a shopkeeper, a potter, an engineer, and two builders - ten friends who went from singing in their local harbour to securing a record deal, a UK top ten album, and playing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury. The tale of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends is so remarkable that it’s no surprise to see it receive the big screen treatment, with an ensemble cast including Daniel Mays, Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Dave Johns, and Noel Clarke.
Filmed on location in Cornwall, Fisherman’s Friends follows a big city music executive who finds himself in the small village of Port Isaac where he’s pranked by his boss into signing a group of shanty-singing fishermen to their label. His attempts to lure the fishermen and their families into the music industry are met with scepticism, and as he’s drawn further into their community and traditional way of life, he comes to realise that success may not mean fame and fortune, but friendship and happiness.
From Kids In Love director Chris Foggin and the producers of Finding Your Feet, Fisherman’s Friends hopes to land similar success in finding an appetite for feel-good comfort food cinema.
Cornwall On Screen
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel is set in the titular inn on Bodmin Moor.
Straw Dogs (1971)
Cornish landscapes replace the Wild West as the backdrop to Sam Peckinpah’s controversial “Westcountry western”.
Saving Grace (2000)
Doc Martin might have put Port Isaac on the map for most, but it was a location for this often-forgotten wacky British comedy first.
The Bad Education Movie (2015)
Alfie Wickers takes his class on a school trip to Cornwall only to get recruited into a terrorist organisation fighting for Cornish independence.
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
The most recent du Maurier classic that received the big screen treatment was fittingly filmed in Cornwall.