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Tempo banks on Dave!


Tempo are delighted to announce British stars Joel Fry and Phoebe Dynevor have teamed up with acting stalwart Rory Kinnear in feel good romantic comedy ‘The Bank of Dave’ written by Piers Ashworth and directed by Chris Foggin. Paul Kaye, Jo Hartley and Def Leppard also star. Netflix have acquired UK and Irish rights and WME Independent, the international film financing and distribution arm of talent agency WME, will handle the rest of worldwide sales.


The production is located in Burnley and Leeds, UK with photography starting February 2022.


Based on the true-life experiences of Dave Fishwick; ‘The Bank of Dave’ tells the story of how a working class Burnley man and self-made millionaire fought to set up a community bank so that he could help the local businesses of Burnley not only survive, but thrive. In his bid to help his beloved community of Burnley he has to take on the elitist financial institutions of London and fight to receive the first, new banking license to be issued in over 100 years.


Joel Fry (Yesterday, In The Earth, Love Wedding Repeat), who recently starred as one of the leads in the big budget, family movie Cruella, plays young London lawyer Hugh who is hired by Dave to fight his case against the British banking system. Star of Netflix hit Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor (The Colour Room) plays feisty local doctor Alexandra. The character of Dave is played by Olivier winner and BAFTA nominee Rory Kinnear (Bond, Penny Dreadful & The Imitation Game)


The script has been written by Piers Ashworth(Save The Cinema, Blithe Spirit) and is being directed by Chris Foggin (Fisherman’s Friends).


Chris Foggin; ‘ I was immediately drawn to this story about the triumph of community, and I’m delighted to be working with such a wonderful cast. I truly believe the world needs films like this! ’


The Bank of Dave is a Tempo production, produced by Piers Tempest (Military Wives, Ordinary Love, The Wife) with Matt Williams (Save The Cinema, Last Train to Christmas) and Karl Hall. Ingenious Mediaare funding, in association with Automatik and Spitfire Audio. Jo Bamford, PeterTouche, Hannah Perks, David Fishwick, Katie Lander, Piers Ashworth and Michael Reuter Executive Produce.


Piers Tempest adds ; ‘This is such a great story and I’m delighted to be working with Chris and the team on the film, which I am sure will really resonate with audiences worldwide.’


Dave Fishwick concludes: “To have a global movie made in Burnley about such an important part of my life, is truly amazing. I was overwhelmed when I was approached with the idea and its incredibly exciting to see the production starting soon.”

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