Moviola shanties into September

IF it’s September, it must be Fisherman’s Friends! The light-hearted film about the famous Cornish shanty choir sweeps the board with Moviola villages at the start of the autumn.

Fisherman’s Friends is a 2019 biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The film is based on a true story about the Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac who were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties.

A fast living, cynical London music executive reluctantly heads to Cornwall on a colleague’s stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty-singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ struggling to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band who value friendship and community over fame and fortune.

The film stars an ensemble cast headed by Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton with David Hayman, Noel Clarke, Dave Johns, Maggie Steed, Sam Swainsbury and Christian Brassington playing key supporting roles. And the Cornish scenery stars too.

Fisherman’s Friends is being shown at: Bradford-on-Avon (St Margaret’s Hall), Yetminster, Codford (Woolstore Theatre), Kilmington (Devon), Kingsbury Episcopi, Royal Wootton Bassett, Highcliffe, Beaminster, Beer, Bourton, Colerne, Bransgore, Fontmell Magna, Whitchurch, Hanging Langford, Chard (Guildhall), Westbury-sub-Mendip, Combe Florey, Hinton St George, Hythe, Membury, Pewsey, Calne (Town Hall), Motcombe, Warminster (Civic Centre), Charmouth, Bickenhall, Brockenhurst, Frogham, Milborne Port, Winterslow, Bothenhampton, Downton, Castle Cary, Marnhull, Great Bedwyn, Bishopstone (near Swindon), Collingbourne Ducis, East Stour, Fordingbridge, Holwell (near Sherborne), Watchet, West Camel (Davis Hall), West Lydford, Alderbury, Halstock, and Martock.

The second most popular film for September is Red Joan, on screen at Churchinford, Crowcombe, Shrewton, Colyton, Watchet, Cerne Abbas, Grittleton, Whitchurch, Bishopstone (near Salisbury), Norton St Philip, Tatworth and Tisbury. Joan Stanley is a widow living in retirement in the suburbs who is arrested by the British Secret Service for providing classified scientific information – including details on the building of the atomic bomb – to the Soviet government for decades. As the interrogation gets underway, Joan relives the events that shaped her life and her beliefs. It stars Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, as Joan, with Ben Miles.

The month’s other films are: the Rudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow at Dunster, Hawkchurch, Mere (Lecture Hall), Nunney, Stogursey and South Petherton (David Hall); the story of Shakespeare in later life, All Is True at Hardington Mandeville, South Petherton (David Hall), Leigh, Winsford and Wootton Fitzpaine; Grease at Norton St Philip; Tolkein at Stogumber; Colette at Nether Stowey, Crowcombe and East Knoyle; Eaten by Lions at Dunster; and Kind Hearts and Coronets at Hanging Langford.

For dates and films see the FTR Arts Diary; for full information of films and venues visit the Moviola website

Pictured: Fisherman’s Friends, and Red Joan.