Film Review – Fisherman’s Friends : One and All

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (PG)

Directed by: Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft

Starring: James Purefoy, Sam Swainsbury, Dave Johns

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

Those sea loving larrikin singers are back for another heartwarming adventure with an added love story sprinkled in.

After unexpectedly taking the world by storm and topping the pop charts with their folk music style sea shanties, the members of the Fisherman’s Friends band are faced with second album syndrome.

The head of the record label has lost interest, media training the traditional and politically incorrect members is a difficult task and the process of auditioning and hiring a new member has rubbed band leader Jim (James Purefoy) the wrong way.

Meanwhile, Jim has a little distraction with newcomer to town Aubrey Flyn (Imelda May), a pop singer herself who is looking for a low-key lifestyle away from the cameras and tabloids.

While a touch long and perhaps at least one too many complications (a rescue from an old abandoned mine shaft is something out of an episode of Skippy), this delightful and amusing second outing is an inoffensive, family friendly affair.

The cast continues to be endearing and lovely company to keep and the real life footage of the band during the credit sequence adds another layer of warmth, closing things off with some of the biggest laughs of the film.

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All screens as part of the British Film Festival 2022, which runs form October 19 to November 16.

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