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Virtual Cinema: Fisherman's Friends

Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.
(PG-13, 112 min.)

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A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate "fish out of water" as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Starring:James Purefoy, Meadow Nobrega, David Hayman
Director: Chris Foggin
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts

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"It's a cheering success story highlighting the homely pleasures and eccentricities of English village life."

— Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

"Their singing is robustly and winningly performed, and the whole thing is heartfelt. Nice also to see Maggie Steed as the local pub’s landlady. It’s pretty goofy but fun."

— Mike McCahill, The Guardian

"This gentle, sweet-natured comedy has warmth and a certain X factor of likability, helped by big-hearted performances from a cast including Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton."

— Mike McCahill, Guardian