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A Very Private Viewing


A Film Written and Directed by Yazmin Joy Vigus

My heart sang on receiving an invitation to a very private screening of a new Cornish film Mermaids.

Written by local talent Yazmin Vigus, the story draws on Yazmin’s experiences in battling her personal dramas and overcoming the curve balls life has a habit of throwing at us.

Don’t despair, this isn’t a depressing tale but a darkly comic one; Mermaids is a short film of hope and happiness as we follow Yazmin’s character Margo on returning to her Cornish birthplace. Having left Kernow for pastures green in London, the disillusioned Margo has come home to lick her wounds and work out what comes next. Margo soon runs into her erstwhile best friend at a hen party, they haven’t spoken to or contacted each other since Margo ‘ran off to the big city’. Over the course of a night spent talking on the beach their deep rifts are healed and their long time friendship is back on course.

Yazmin has poured heart and soul into Mermaids, her belief in herself and her powerful script has attracted a team of respected creatives to work behind the scenes on production, editing and music; professionals who are credited with involvement on titles like The Life of PI(stage musical), Malory Towers, The Full Monty and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The cast are pretty much drawn from the Cornish professional acting community – Olivia Lowry, Bryher Flanders, Tim Cartwright and Yazmin herself. Yazmin called on a friend from outside the ranks of Cornish talent to take on the roll of Celeste. Daisy Bevan is well known for a variety of screen dramas including playing opposite Kirsten Dunst in Two Faces of January and Hugh Laurie in Roadkill. The chemistry between Yazmin and Daisy’s screen characters is electric and the film’s cinematography is beautiful.

Mermaids was six years in the making, with a successful Crowdfunder, strong support from family, friends and BFI Network South West this beautiful story is finally finished. But is it? I’m fervently hoping Mermaids is a taster of a full length film – there are unanswered questions and a lot more to explore.

Follow Mermaids on socials –

Facebook: /mermaidsthefilm Twitter: @MermaidsFilm Instagram: @mermaidsfilm

Sheila Vanloo

November 2021

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