Director: Anna Mouzouri, Producer: Together TV, UK, Language: English, 2022, 17′, Rights: World excl. UK
Anna Mouzouri’s touching documentary following the aquatic escapades of two queer mermaids as they find belonging through mermaid races and mermaid conventions.
MERMAIDS REALLY DO EXIST a fun and touching documentary following the aquatic escapades of two queer mermaids, Kaia and Caitriona, as they compete in mermaid relay races and attend mermaid conventions. Expect amazing hairdos, fabulous outfits and under-the-sea action as you sail through an amphibious world causing a real splash.
Caitriona said: “It is an extreme sport, and it is hardcore as well. I probably feel most at home in the ocean, completely submerged underwater”. Kaia added: “Mermaiding is about the freedom, because there’s not an LGBT community around where I live.”
About Together TV’s Diverse Film Fund:
- Four LGBTQ+ stories brought to life by Together TV are to be released in November: from the aquatic adventures of two queer mermaids, the tumultuous tale of a trans boxer campaigning for the right to fight, to Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen undergoing gender affirmation surgery and the struggles of two gay dads going through a painful child adoption process.
- Together TV’s Diverse Film Fund was created with the aim to give underrepresented narratives a platform. Four filmmakers have been commissioned to create 20-minute documentaries and will have their films aired on Together TV
- The filmmakers include Hollyoaks star Ross Adams, who explores his painful journey and reflection upon the adoption process for LGBTQ+ couples, and former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Shiva Raichandani.
- This year’s theme is LGBTQ+: Queer Lives Today, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community while bringing attention to important issues affecting the day-to-day lives of its members.
- The 2022 Diverse Film Fund includes mentors and judges from media giants including, BBC, Sky, Paramount, TwoFour Productions, Zinc Media Group, alongside Bafta-nominated director Ashley Francis-Roy and industry expert Stephen D Wright.