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Film / Fisherman's Friends

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He was a fish out of water, but to get them on board he’ll need to change his tune.

A 2019 British Comedy-Drama Film Directed by Chris Foggin Based on the True Story of the Cornish folk group Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends Starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton.

When High-flying yet Cynical London Music Executive Danny (Mays) joins his boss and colleges for a Bachelor weekend in the small Cornish fishing village of Port Issac, his boss Troy decides to pull a prank on Danny by leaving him behind in the village and tells him that he needs to sign up a local group of fishermen who sing traditional Sea-Shanties lead by the Grumpy Jim (Purefoy), known locally as the "Fisherman’s Friends".

From there Danny struggles to gain the trust and acceptance of the group who will happily put their community first over fame and fortune. While he begins to become enamored with the music, the small-town lifestyle, and Jim's Daughter Alwyn (Middleton) and reflects on what success truly means.


Trailer ''Record Deal'' Clip ''Sailor in All of Us'' Clip ''Little Liz'' Clip


  • Fish out of Water: Danny is completely out of his element when he goes from the busy city of London to a small Cornish coastal village.
  • Folk Music: This is what the Fisherman's Friend’s sing.
  • From New York to Nowhere: Danny leaves the City of London with his friends on a Bachelor weekend to the small Cornish fishing village, he then ends up stranded there when his boss and colleges leave him behind as a prank.
  • Irrational Hatred: After the others learn that Rowan has to sell the Pub they turn on Danny (particularly Jim and Alwyn) when they find out that Rowan came to him for advice and Danny helped him sell the pub to one of his contacts and got a commission from the buyer.
    • Jim also briefly resents Rowan for selling the pub to someone outside Cornwall and avoids the pub until Alywyn changes his mind.
  • Jerkass: Troy, Danny’s boss. He not only leaves Danny behind in the village and makes Danny sign up the Fisherman’s Friends (which he had no real intention of doing) as a mean-spirited prank, but when Danny tries to convince him that the group has talent he refuses to listen. He even tries to sabotage Danny and the Fisherman’s Friends attempts to get a record label after Danny quits working for him.
    • Sometimes Jim and Alwyn act like this towards Danny.
  • Liar Revealed: This trope is actually subverted twice.
    • After Danny makes a promise to the Fisherman’s Friends not to betray their trust, Troy tells Danny that it was a prank and that he never had any real intention of signing the group. Danny turns on his boss and stays true to his word and continues to help them get a record deal.
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    • When Rowan, who is the pub owner as well as one of the fisherman comes to Danny for advice, he explains his financial troubles and that he needs to sell the Pub. Danny helps him to sell the pub to one of his contacts, Danny never lies about it but when the others learn that he got a commission from the buyer they still turn on him (particularly Jim and Alwyn) and force Danny out of the village. After returning to London Danny decides to give back his commission and sells his own flat in order to buy back the pub.
  • Opposites Attract: Danny (A cynical Big-city music executive) and Alwyn (A small-town beauty and single mother).
  • Scenery Porn: Fishermans Friends was filmed around the beautiful cornish coast.
  • Sequel: Fisherman's Friends 2: Bound for South Australia is currently being filmed in 2021.
  • Sudden Lack of Signal: The only place Danny can get phone reception in the village is on the sea wall.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Primarily exhibited with Jim, who is somewhat militant against people who aren't from Cornwall (which forces Danny to later gain his trust in order to sign the group), while not so much for the rest of the village who judge people by their character rather than if they are cornish or not.
    • This is seen in a lesser case with Alwyn who is immediately antagonistic towards Danny.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Alwyn shows no interest in dressing up and wearing loads of make up yet her natural beauty still catches Danny’s eyes.

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