Flying Fish and Entertainment Film Distributors have announced that principal photography has commenced in Cornwall on FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS 2. The film reunites the original’s creative team, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, as they co-direct from their screenplay co-written with Piers Ashworth. The film is the sequel to the UK box-office smash hit FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS based on the heart- warming true story about the sea-shanty singing group. The film sees Irish singer songwriter Imelda May in her cinematic acting debut.
James Purefoy (‘Rome’, Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’) reprises his role of Jim, with other returning cast members including Maggie Steed (‘Elizabeth is Missing’), Dave Johns (‘I, Daniel Blake’), Sam Swainsbury (BBC’s ‘Mum’), Jade Anouka (‘His Dark Materials’) and David Hayman (‘Finding Your Feet’). New faces in Port Isaac include Richard Harrington (Netflix’s ‘Hinterland’) as latest band member Morgan; Ramon Tikaram (‘Pennyworth’), Joshua Maguire (Netflix’s ‘Lovesick’) and introducing Irish singer-songwriter legend Imelda May, in her debut acting role as Aubrey.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS 2 continues the journey with the loveable ‘buoy band’, as they navigate the choppy waters of fame, second album syndrome, and performing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
Producing is James Spring (‘Fisherman’s Friends’, ‘Blithe Spirit’) with executive producers Meg Leonard (‘Fisherman’s Friends’, ‘Blithe Spirit’) and Nick Moorcroft (‘Blithe Spirit’, ‘Finding Your Feet’) for Flying Fish; Deepak Sikka; Helene Theodoly; Nigel Green of Entertainment Film Distributors and James Purefoy.
The sequel to the 2019 hit UK comedy charts the next instalment of the Fisherman’s Friends uplifting true-story. Following the unexpected success of the band’s debut album, ‘No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues’, we re-join them almost a year later, struggling with the pressures, pitfalls and temptations of their newfound fame.
Entertainment Film Distributors will release FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS 2 in cinemas across the UK, with sales company Legacy on board representing the film’s worldwide rights.
Writer/Directors Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft commented,
“We’re thrilled to be back in Cornwall directing the second part of the band’s extraordinary true story. It’s a joy to be reunited with so many of our amazing original cast as well as introducing exciting new characters.”
Flying Fish is an independent entertainment production company co-founded by producer James Spring and writer/producers Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard in 2020.
Entertainment Film Distributors is a leading UK independent distributor founded in 1978 and distributes a wide range of product as well as having built a significant film library.
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