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1001 Stories Collection

Mavis and the Mermaid

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Added on 08th August 2020

Director Juliet McKeon
Screenplay Juliet McKeon and Jayne Steel
First released 2000, Shoreline Films

Mavis doesn't believe in fairy tales but then she meets an old woman who claims to be a mermaid.

Story

Mavis has moved to Barrow with her father after the death of her mother. She doesn't believe in fairy tales but then she meets an old woman who claims to be a mermaid and who asks for her help.

Why we chose it

A short film that tells an urban fairy tale about love and loss and loneliness.

Where it came from

The film was shot in Barrow on the north west coast of England and starred Eric Sykes and Sylvia Syms.

Where it went next

Mavis and the Mermaid won the Kodak Shortfilm Showcase 2000 at the BAFTA awards. It was one of the short films included in the bfi selection of Story Shorts, short films for primary schools, which showed how to use short films as texts to develop literacy.

Associated stories

A full length film by Juliet McKeon and Jayne Steel, Mermaids and Money Troubles followed.

Added on 08th August 2020

Director Juliet McKeon
Screenplay Juliet McKeon and Jayne Steel
First released 2000, Shoreline Films