Fisherman’s Friends – It’s a wrap!

Production on Fishermans’ Friends is officially wrapped as of 3 June 2018.

Based on the true story of a group of fishermen from Port Issaac, Cornwall who are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanty’s and even went on to play the main stage at Glastonbury in 2011.

In a twist of fate, cynical music executive Danny (Daniel Mays) finds himself in a small Cornish village trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. Attempting to overcome the fishermen’s skepticism about the music business he finds himself drawn into the community, has his integrity tested and ultimately is shown the meaning of loyalty, love and friendship.

Also joining Daniel in the cast are James Purefoy, Dave Johns, Tuppence Middleton, David Heyman, Maggie Steed, and Noel Clarke.

Check back here for updates including the film’s release date in 2019!

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Urban Myths – Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy

Tonight’s the night! Daniel Mays‘ episode of Urban Myths airs on Sky Arts at 9PM.

Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy:
This is the re-imagined story behind The Sex Pistols’ infamous appearance on Bill Grundy’s show in 1976, a year before their legendary debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols was released.

The foul-mouthed encounter catapulted The Sex Pistols into the public eye and signaled the arrival of mainstream punk, while simultaneously destroying Grundy’s career – and all because of a last minute cancellation by Freddie Mercury.

Stars Daniel Mays, Steve Pemberton, Kieran Hodgson, and Kayvan Novak.

If you are a Sky subscriber you may already have access to watch this hilarious episode online via the SkyGo app. You can also watch the episode again over the weekend:

Thursday 31 May: 11:45PM SkyArts
Saturday 1 June: 11PM SkyArts
Sunday 2 June: 11:10PM Sky Atlantic

Danny also narrates Anarchy on Thames which is repeated on SkyArts:

Friday 1 June: 12:15AM
Saturday 2 June: 11:30PM
Sunday 10 June: 1:45AM

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Two For Joy – Edinburgh Film Fest Premiere

It was announced today that Two For Joy  directed by Tom Beard and starring Daniel Mays, Billie Piper, Sam Morton, and others will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Fest on 23 & 24 June as part of the Best of British Strand.

A powerful coming-of-age drama about a sister and younger brother who must care for their troubled mother (a moving performance by Samantha Morton) as their relationship reaches critical mass. The debut feature of writer-director Tom Beard (director of music videos for FKA twigs and Florence and the Machine), Two for Joy looks at Britain through the eyes of a family in crisis and deals with issues of mental illness, marginalised communities and national identity. Also stars Billie Piper, Daniel Mays, and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones). 

Tickets are currently on sale to members and then to the general public on Friday 25 May at 10AM.

Swimming with Men also premieres at the Edinburgh Film Fest on Sunday 1 July.

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Swimming With Men – German Trailer

The German trailer for Swimming with Men has been released:

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

Director: Oliver Parker
Written by: Aschlin Ditta
Cast: Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose, Charlotte Riley, Jane Horrocks, Nathaniel Parker

Swimming With Men is released on 7 June 2018 in Germany.

The film’s DVD is released in Germany on 12 October 2018.

Check out the Facebook page for the film that has exclusive clips and photos.

We expect the UK trailer to be released very soon!

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Fisherman’s Friends

Daniel Mays announced today that he has joined the cast of Fisherman’s Friends. Based on the true story of a group of fishermen from Port Issaac, Cornwall who are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanty’s and even went on to play the main stage at Glastonbury in 2011.

In a twist of fate, cynical music executive Danny (Daniel Mays) finds himself in a small Cornish village trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. Attempting to overcome the fishermen’s skepticism about the music business he finds himself drawn into the community, has his integrity tested and ultimately is shown the meaning of loyalty, love and friendship.

Also joining Daniel in the cast are James Purefoy, Dave Johns, Tuppence Middleton, David Heyman, Maggie Steed, and Noel Clarke.

This will be a first for Daniel because this film includes singing!

Fisherman’s Friends is directed by Chris Foggin and produced by Red Films and Powderkeg pictures. Currently filming in Cornwall, the film is expected to be released in 2019.

Legacy Rights, the international sales company headed up by James Scott has hooked sales for multiple international territories including Latin America and Spain (Sun Distribution) , Japan (New Select), Scandinavia (Scanbox), the Middle East (Gulf Film) and Airlines (Jaguar) ahead of the film’s launch at Cannes.

Screen Daily

Cornwall Live

The Fan Carpet

We will have more updates on this new project soon!

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Edinburgh Film Fest

Updated 11 June– Daniel Mays is scheduled to appear at the Two for Joy and Swimming with Men events.

It was announced today that Swimming with Men will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Fest where it will be a part of the closing night gala films on Sunday 1 July.

A bittersweet British comedy packed with delightful performances, Swimming with Men – hailed ‘The Full Monty in speedos’ – is a winning comedy drama, with Rob Brydon excellent as a middle-aged man who stumbles across a rather unusual way to try and deal with the issues in his marriage.

Brydon plays Eric, an accountant whose life seems to be in order until in a moment of middle-aged madness he starts to think his wife, Heather (Jane Horrocks), is having an affair and he moves out of their home. He finds solace of sorts at the local swimming pool, where he ends up joining a team of similarly challenged men who form a male synchronized swimming team. Against all odds, they end up training for the world championships in Milan, with Eric hoping his wife will be impressed by his new skills.  

Can their coach, Susan (Charlotte Riley), whip them into shape? Will they master the flower, the pyramid and the spinning circle in time? More importantly, can Eric win Heather back with the help of his newfound confidence? A smart and funny comedy, Swimming with Men features lovely performances from Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Adeel Akhtar and Thomas Turgoose as would-be synchronised swimmers, all of whom are using the sport to deal with their own issues.

See the first images from the film at Eye for Film

Swimming With Men has its wider UK release on 6 July 2018.

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The Interrogation – Channel 4

Filming has begun on Channel’s 4 The Interrogation starring Daniel Mays and Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9 and Daniel’s recent co-star in Sky Arts Bill Grundy vs. The Sex Pistols). Daniel Mays will portray DC Stuart Peters and Steve Pemberton will portray Tony Martin.

From Channel 4 Press:
Specialist Factual has commissioned from Story Films a 1 x 60 mins ground breaking factual drama The Interrogation (working title). Inside No 9 star and BAFTA winner Steve Pemberton (Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Benidorm) will play Tony Martin who was sentenced to life after shooting dead 16 year old burglar Fred Barras.

Alongside Pemberton will be Daniel Mays(Line of Duty, Born to Kill) and Stuart Graham (The Fall, Thirteen, Hunger). The drama is written and directed by David Nath for Story Films. Nath is the award winning filmmaker behind BAFTA-winning documentary The Murder Detectives and C4 drama The Watchman.

The Interrogation (working title) will offer up an account of the three days of police questioning following his arrest for shooting two burglars who broke into his farmhouse in 1999. At his trial Martin argued he had used reasonable force to defend himself and his property. His conviction provoked public outcry and the case became a national cause celebre.

Martin successfully appealed against his conviction. As a result it was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and he was released from prison after serving three years.

Executive Producer Peter Beard said: “This is the missing part of an extraordinary story that captivated and divided the country. Finally we will hear exactly what Tony Martin told detectives in the confines of a police interview room just hours after he was arrested. For the first time it’s his own account in his words.”

Acting Head of Specialist Factual Rob Coldstream added “This thought provoking film sheds new light onto the Tony Martin story, illuminating an issue that touched a raw public nerve at the time and – as events surrounding the recent burglary case in London’s Hither Green demonstrate – continues to do so today.

Steve Pemberton continued; ‘”This is a fascinating story which divided public opinion at the time – and is currently even more poignant. Now we finally get to hear the account directly from Tony Martin, I’m looking forward to being part of such a ground breaking drama.”

Daniel Mays tweeted from the rehearsal room in London:

Commissioning Editors: Rob Coldstream and John Hay|
Producer: Kate Cook (The Watchman, Unspeakable)
Executive Producer: Jonathan Smith (24 Hours in Police Custody)Peter Beard
Production Company: Story Films

Also reported in The Sun on 23/4/18.

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Daniel Mays – Working Class Heroes

Daniel Mays discusses Working Class Heroes in today’s Independent.

Ticekts for the BFI’s Working Class Heroes event this weekend 13 & 14 April are on are on sale now and include the 10th anniversary screening of Shifty and Q&A with Daniel Mays, Eran Creevy, and Jay Simpson.

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Against The Law – 2018 BAFTA TV Nomination

Congratulations to Against the Law on its 2018 BAFTA Television Nomination for Single Drama!

img_1374This critically acclaimed docu-drama first aired in the UK on BBC Two  in July 2017 as part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season, Against the Law is an emotional look into lives of homosexual men in 1950’s and 1960’s Britain.

Against the Law is a powerful factual drama starring Daniel Mays, Richard Gaddand Mark Gatiss. Mays plays Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover, under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial. Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. But the public thought the trial unfair and forced a reluctant government to set up a committee to investigate whether homosexuality should be legalised. The committee was led by Sir John Wolfenden. With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Peter Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him. He was the only openly gay man to testify before the Wolfenden committee about the brutal reality of being gay in this country at that time. In 1957 the committee recommended that the laws be changed. It would take a further ten years before these recommendations would become law.

Woven through this powerful drama is testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their ‘condition’. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All these accounts amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

The BAFTA Television Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 13 May and hosted by Sue Perkins.

Congratulations to Daniel Mays, Fergus O’Brien, Aysha Rafaele, the team at BBC Factual, and everyone involved in the making of this powerful drama.

Against the Law had it’s world premiere at BFI Flare in March 2017

Against the Law review roundup

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Swimming with Men – Sport Relief & First Look Trailer

This evening we had a first look at the Swimming with Men cast in action during BBC One’s Sport Relief (Our pool-heroes skit begins at the 1hr33min mark). They definitely made a splash (Telegraph).

Vertigo Films also released the first trailer for the film:

 

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

Director: Oliver Parker
Written by: Aschlin Ditta
Cast: Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose, Charlotte Riley, Jane Horrocks, Nathaniel Parker

The film is released in the UK this summer.

We will have more updates on this brilliant film in the run-up to its release.

With thanks to Vertigo Films and Aquabatix for the use of photos.

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