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Fisherman's Friend Jon Cleave becomes a movie star

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

ROAD MOVIE: Jon Cleave in a scene from Black Car Home.

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FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS frontman Jon Cleave has swapped the stage for the big screen in his first film role, getting its Cornish premiere this weekend.

Black Car Home, a short written and directed by Bafta nominee David Pearson, was shot on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire.

Illegal immigrant Tatiana (Nadia Serrantes) is thrown overboard from a ship and told to swim. Expecting to find New York, not the Severn estuary, she is rescued from freezing mud by Nathan (Cleave), who lives in a makeshift camp by the beach. As their friendship grows, an unexpected visitor launches them on an adventure.

The film will be screened at the Regal in Wadebridge on Sunday and the Plaza in Truro the following evening to accompany Le Weekend, with Mr Cleave present on both nights for a Q&A.

Mr Pearson said some household names had been lined up to play Nathan before he suggested Mr Cleave.

"I'd directed the Fisherman's Friends documentary, so I knew Jon," he said.

"It was a bit of a punt, but I suggested to the producer we use Jon instead, and he just hit the ground running; he's a natural and he gave it his all, in freezing conditions.

"It's a fine performance, which has impressed and moved audiences in Bristol, Gloucestershire and elsewhere already.

"We look forward to making the longer feature version of the film with him."

Mr Cleave said before Black Car Home, his only acting experience had been in amateur dramatics: "Making the film was a totally different ball game. It took a week to shoot and it was pretty cold too.

"It helped that I knew the landscape very well, as I went to university in Bristol and at one time I was a policeman there.

"I've always been up for trying a variety of things, and when I was offered the part, it was an opportunity I had to grab with both hands."

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