Film - International Independents Filmfest 2019


Directed by Chris Foggin


Director: Chris Foggin
Section: International Independents
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2019
Language: English
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Daniel Mays, David Hayman, Maggie Steed



Inspired by a true story, FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS tells the heartwarming tale of a Cornish all-male group that go from singing sea shanties to shooting up the charts. Taken by their performances, music manager Danny gambles on the success of this amateur outfit made up of hardy fishermen and lifeboat volunteers. As he vows to turn this crew into the world's oldest buoy band, he finds more than a good record deal. When you open your heart, life, love and friendship can play the most harmonious tune.

Meet the director


Chris Foggin

Director and screenwriter Chris Foggin, born in Sunderland in 1985, studied media and film at Northumbria University in Newcastle. He worked behind the scenes on several films, such as MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (2011), JANE EYRE (2011), and THE IRON LADY (2011). Foggin had his directorial debut in 2011 with three short films, of which FRIEND REQUEST PENDING, starring Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston, was the best-known. His first feature film, KIDS IN LOVE, was released in 2015.


Screenplay: Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth
Director of Photography: Simon Tindall
Film Editor: Johnny Daukes
Composer: Rupert Christie
Production Designer: Hannah Purdy Foggin
Costume Design: Rebecca Hale
Sound: John Rodda
Producer: Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard
Production Company: Fred Films
Co-Producer: Johnny Daukes
Distributor: Splendid Film GmbH