'The Last Mermaid' (Comedy Short)

Vape-smoking, whisky-swigging middle-aged mermaid PEARL hides away on the banks of a remote Scottish loch keeping herself to herself. Owner of an aquatic fantasy sex-line site, she lives a very different life to her enchanting ancestors ... she's the ultimate fish out of water.
When her best friend SADIE brings the shocking news that PEARL is now the last mermaid left alive (because the rest of the mer-race have been wiped out by marine pollution) PEARL is faced with the ultimate dilemma; stay safely stuck in her ways or face her fears and save her race from extinction? But with just 3 days left until the blue moon, PEARL hasn't time to search for a ‘sole‘ mate, she just needs a baby ...

  • Fi Kelly
    no film credits , many TV credits - drama/comedy
  • Jules Middleton
    Live comedy shows
  • Angela Gourley
    TV credits in Comedy and Factual
  • Janey Godley
    Key Cast
    "Pearl "
    Wild Rose
  • Sanjeev Kohli
    Key Cast
    Stan & Ollie, Filth, Still Game, Local Hero,
  • Gabriel Quigley
    Key Cast
    "Sadie "
    Patrick Melrose, Glasgow Kiss, Festival, Him & Her
  • James Young
    Key Cast
    "Date 1 "
    Boy A, Outlander, Two Doors Down
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Ultima Sirena
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa LF (DCP 2K/Dolby 5.1)
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  • WOFFF - Best Drama Winner
    United Kingdom
    September 22, 2019
    Best Drama winner
  • Directors UK - Leicester Square VUE & Everyman Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    September 20, 2019
    Winner - Directors UK Alexa Challenge
Distribution Information
  • Network-Ireland TV
Director Biography - Fi Kelly

Fi is a BBC trained director with music, arts and comedy films broadcast on BBC1/BBC2/BBC World/CH5/France Arte. She has worked with many leading artists including Victoria Wood, Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Fry, and Robert Altman.

After a career break to live in Istanbul (she has Turkish citizenship and speaks Turkish), she retrained in film script development and comedy directing at the National Film and Television School and recently directed nine episodes of the BBC1 continuing drama series ‘Doctors’. Fi works across television, fringe theatre and film in London and Scotland. "The Last Mermaid" is her first cinematic short.

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Director Statement

I love using humour to shine light on serious issues, so immediately fell in love with the character of PEARL, whose story allows us to explore themes around plastic sea pollution, female body image and modern fertility.