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Nigel Cole to direct Fisherman's Friends movie

Fisherman's Friends

Story by Jack Foley

EALING Studios have confirmed that British film director Nigel Cole will direct the movie based on the trials, tribulations and tragedy during the rise to fame of Port Isaac’s folk and shanty 10-piece, The Fisherman’s Friends.

Due to start filming in Spring 2014, the film is currently looking for a cast and drawing from all age groups.

Cole, whose films include Calendar Girls, Saving Grace and Made In Dagenham, said: “I am very much looking forward to making the film. It will be a truly British movie.”

The film is written by Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth (of St. Trinian’s 1 & 2 fame).

It will start casting in late 2013. Contrary to normal Hollywood casting requirements, young and beautiful is not the priority. The key roles of the 10 Fisherman’s Friends will cross all ageism boundaries and range from 45 to 80 years of age.

Barnaby Thompson, one of the producers, said: “The story of the Fisherman’s 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.”

The Fisherman’s Friends new album, One And All, will be released on August 19 through Island Records.

The first single to be taken from the album, Mary Anne, is already a hit with radio and has been chosen by Ealing Studios to feature on the film’s soundtrack. Mary Anne was sung by the late Trevor Grills.

Mary Anne is available as a single on iTunes now

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