David Pearson, of Arturi Films, directed and produced Twofour's production of Fisherman's Friends for ITV 1
Nominated for "Best Director and Producer " by the Royal Television Society's West of England Awards 2012 and winner "Best Network Programme Award" by RTS Devon and Cornwall
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A new buoy band with a combined age of 560! The old friends are as close a tin of pilchards, but they discover that show business has its price.
"Charming and intimate film follows their journey to national fame" Daily Telegraph
"These weather-beaten hard drinking, middle-aged chums are televisual gold" - Time Out
“Ten slabs of prime Cornish beef, the Fisherman’s Friends, all mates from school days, who don't wax their chests, or legs – just their upper lips.”
These are the Fishermans’ Friends, ten beer swigging friends who grew up together in the beautiful fishing village of Port Isaac and have sung their unique “a cappella” style shanties as a hobby for twenty odd years. Never did they imagine that they would be spotted and signed for a million pounds and find themselves in the Top Ten along with Lady Gaga and Plan B.
“All of us old mates, close as a tin of pilchards, signed for a million pound record deal. Sounds like a dream come true? But some things aren’t worth risking for any amount of money,” continues Jon Cleave, the band’s MC and deep bass vocal who narrates this poignant and entertaining film telling the story of lifelong friends who have their lives turned upside down and relationships change, when they become an unlikely musical sensation. Looking ahead as they were thrown into their new lives of recording, performing and promoting Jeremy Brown, (day job lobster fisherman), highlights a strongly shared feeling when he says, “if something was to happen to make one or more of the group fall out that would be the biggest tragedy of all”. These prove to be prophetic words as the summer unfolds.
The rollercoaster of emotions in this rollicking story of male friendship is captured by twice BAFTA nominated, 2010 Grierson and Prix Italia Awards and BIFA winning producer and director David Pearson, and is executive produced by Bridget Sneyd for Twofour Broadcast.