2018 Film

Swimming With Men – US Release

IFC Films has announced that Swimming with Men will be released in the US on Friday, 7 December in select cinemas and video on demand (VOD) format.

Presented by IFC Films

His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and he’s not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they’re determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And they’ve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series’ Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life.

Swimming with Men 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

Check out the new US trailer:

The Swimming with Men pool opens in select US cinemas and VOD on Friday 7 December!

If you are in the UK, the film is released on DVD on 12 November!

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Two For Joy – Official Trailer & Press

Two for Joy starring Daniel Mays, Sam Morton, and Billie Piper will be released in the UK on Friday 28 September at Everyman and selected cinemas:

Trailer:

Vi has been forced to grow up fast; mother-daughter roles are reversed, Vi is Aisha’s carer as well as trying to control her rascal younger brother Troy, who with no father figure and a struggling mother, is a law unto himself – something must give, the situation must change.

TWO FOR JOY has been conceived and developed over the last six years through a series of short films and photo projects by Tom Beard. It’ll be a bold, unique and distinct departure from your classical social-realist film, while un-voyeuristically exploring and bringing into the public eye the consequence of some serious, British, topical themes that are often short-changed by the government, and under-represented on our screens.

Daniel Mays stars as Lias.

Press and appearances:

Television

Sunday Brunch Daniel Mays discusses Two for Joy on 23 September – available online until 22 October.

Radio/Online

BBC Five LiveSadie Frost and Tom Beard on their film Two for Joy

Flickering Myth – Interview with Daniel Mays & Tom Beard

Reviews

Flickering Myth –Review

The Upcoming

The Quietus

Film review – Hollywood Reporter

Little White Lies

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Swimming With Men – Now Playing!

Swimming with Men is released in cinemas today 6 July 2018!

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers (including Daniel Mays), 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?

Get your group together and book tickets to see this feel-good summer film.

Don’t fret USA fans!  Swimming with Men will be released in December 2018. 

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Swimming With Men – London Premiere

Tonight saw the London premiere of Swimming with Men starring Daniel Mays, Rob Brydon, Jim Carter, Thomas Turgoose, Rupert Graves, Charlotte Riley. The cast and creatives walked the special blue carpet at the Curzon Mayfair.

Check out photos from the event:

Dive in because the pool officially opens on for Swimming with Men in UK cinemas on Friday 7 July. Get your team of family and friends together and go see this fun, feel-good, summer splash-hit!

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Swimming With Men – Film Clips

Check out the Swimming with Men film clips and trailers that have been released in the run up to the premiere in July.

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.

Teaser trailer:

Official Trailer:

Swimming with Men is released in the UK on 6 July but has its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 1 July.  Tickets are still available.

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Swimming with Men – Official Trailer

The Independent has the exclusive first look at the official trailer for Swimming With Men:

The Independent says: Perhaps the best line of the trailer comes from Daniel Mays (Rogue One): “We’re just a bunch of middle-aged men who want to meet up in trunks that are too small for us, and make funny little patterns in a pool.”

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.

Swimming With Men has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Fest on 1 July.  Some tickets are still available – Book tickets.

The film opens in UK cinemas on 6 July.

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Fisherman’s Friends – It’s a wrap!

As of August 31, 2018, Fisherman’s Friends has been picked up by Entertainment Film Distibutors.

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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Daniel Mays joins the cast of ‘Two for Joy’

Daniel Mays announced today that he has joined the cast of Tom Beard’s feature film directorial debut  “Two for Joy“.  Daniel portrays Lias and joins previously announced cast Billie Piper, Samantha Morton, Emilia Jones, Bella Ramsey, and Badger Skelton.

Two For Joy is a British drama that explores heart breaking themes with immense humanity and sympathy, to deliver an insightful and poignant impact,” Blonde To Black Pictures told Screen.

“For the past few years we’ve been steadily working with Tom Beard towards realising his debut feature, mentoring and watching him grow as a writer and director. We undertook development of the film after co-producing his last short Rags with Michael Wiggs of Size 9 Productions.”

Writer-director Tom Beard added: “Two For Joy encompasses my professional development over the last six years. In that time I have worked closely with young people who have been through the care system with the drama therapy charity The Big House. This has given me a unique perspective on issues affecting them, issues that I hope to offer up an unbiased and profound representation of in this film.”

Filming has been ongoing in Southwest England.

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Daniel Mays joins the cast of “Swimming with Men”

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Photo courtesy of HanWay Films

It was announced today that Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Oliver Parker’s (Dad’s Army) new comedy film “Swimming with Men”.

Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, and Nathaniel Parker. Principal photography started Tuesday in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

Synopsis:
SWIMMING WITH MEN is a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.

Eric slowly realizes that there’s strength in numbers, and that if this unlikely band of misfits can become a real team they might just have a shot at winning the Unofficial Male Synch-Swimming World Championships – and maybe even at turning their lives around.

Oliver Parker, Director of Swimming with Men said:

It’s a real privilege to be working with a British ensemble of such high calibre – and to chuck them in the pool.

Gabrielle Stewart, Managing Director of HanWay Films said:
SWIMMING WITH MEN has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from THE FULL MONTY to CALENDAR GIRLS. If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen, we are in for another British comedy classic treat. Good luck in the pool everyone!

 Based on the Dylan Williams’ 2010 documentary “Men Who Swim,” the film is written by Aschlin Ditta. It is produced by Stewart le Marechal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance, in association with Amp Film. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films will serve as executive producers.

Icon Film Distribution will release “Swimming With Men” in the U.K. and Ireland in 2018. Worldwide sales are handled by HanWay. It has already sold to Icon for Australia, Alamode in Germany and Sun Distribution Group for Spain and Latin America.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new project!

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