Flying Fish And Entertainment Film Distributors Announce Start Of Shoot For FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS 2 On Location In Cornwall
Flying Fish and Entertainment Film Distributors announced today that principal photography has commenced in Cornwall on FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS 2. Reuniting the original film’s creative team, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft co-direct from their screenplay co-written with Piers Ashworth, with 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.
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 Imelda May, in her debut acting role.
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.”
ABOUT FLYING FISH
Flying Fish is an independent entertainment production company co-founded by producer James Spring and writer/producers Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard in 2020.
The company will produce audience facing commercial feature films.
Spring, Moorcroft and Leonard have a proven track record of producing/writing commercial, crowd-pleasing films including St. Trinian’s, Finding Your Feet, Fisherman’s Friends, and most recently, Blithe Spirit which was released by Sky in January 2021.
The success of Finding Your Feet in the UK has led to a French remake titled Alors, On Danse, which wrapped filming in Paris last year.
The company has a three year slate of feature films for production with further projects in various stages of development.
ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT FILM DISTRIBUTORS
Entertainment Film Distributors is a leading UK independent distributor. The company was founded in 1978 and distributes a wide range of product as well as having built a significant film library. The company’s releases have garnered over 150 Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards encompassing a diverse range of films including The Lord of the
Rings trilogy, Gosford Park, Million Dollar Baby, Brokeback Mountain, The Departed (which earned Martin Scorsese his first Academy Award for Achievement in Direction), The Reader(which won Kate Winslet an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role), The Artist, American Hustle, Lion and The Hateful Eight. Entertainment has had further success with box office hits such as Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas, Gangs Of New York, Hairspray, Sex & The City, Saw and The Final Destination franchise, critically acclaimed titles including Hereditary, Midsommar and The Farewell as well as British films such as Fisherman’s Friends, The Inbetweeners 1 & 2, St. Trinian’s 1 & 2, Sunshine on Leith, Run Fat Boy
Run and Stormbreaker. Upcoming releases include The Green Knight starring Dev Patel, Dog starring Channing Tatum and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
ABOUT FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the harbour in their native Port Isaac, to raise money for charity by singing traditional songs of the sea (Sea Shanties) handed down to them by their forefathers.
Their 2010 album “Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends” was certified Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. They sang for Her Majesty the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, released an additional two hit albums, played for hundreds of thousands of fans including a performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.