Ealing, the British studio behind Dorian Gray and St Trinian’s is developing a movie based on a group of real-life singing Cornish fishermen whose debut album has gone straight onto the UK pop charts at No. 7. (Fisherman’s Friend is a brand of powerful throat lozenge over here). The pitch is a kind of Calendar Girls meets The Commitments. Writers Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth — who wrote both St Trinian’s movies and Ealing’s latest production, comedy Burke and Hare — saw a TV news story about the singing fisherman. They asked their agent Rachel Holroyd of Casarotto Ramsay to find out about the rights. Holroyd phoned a friend who works at Island Records, who told her that the group at that moment was singing to the board. The group’s manager then met the writers and Ealing Studios head Barnaby Thompson. The film has the working title No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues. But there’s no director or script yet. “The moment I heard the extraordinary story of this group of singing Cornish fishermen who have signed a £1 million record contract and listened to the songs, I knew this could be a great film,” says Thompson.
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