Cornish roots inspire new short movie putting a modern twist on West Country legends...

FILM-maker Yazmin Joy Vigus has looked to her roots to inspire a new short movie putting a modern twist on West Country legends.

After a series of personal and professional setbacks, Yazmin decided to channel her frustrations into a short film script entitled Mermaids and, having created a trailer and attracted an award-winning team to create the film itself, she has now launched a CrowdFunder appeal to bring in the funding needed to complete the task.

Inspired by her own experiences, Mermaids is a black comedy/drama which tells the story of two former childhood best friends Margo and Celeste who, in the their late 20s, are struggling to come to terms with their underachievements.

Single, broke and struggling to keep their heads above water, they find each other back in their home town in Cornwall at the same hen party dressed as a giant starfish and human kelp, where they are forced to confront the events that destroyed their friendship.

Explaining why she was drawn to the script Yazmin said: “I have definitely felt the sting of feeling like I was underachieving while everyone else was ‘succeeding’.”

The concept was inspired by the Cornish myths of mermaids who came ashore on Cornish beaches.

“I want to depict the Cornwall I know, but is rarely shown on screen: a place that is wildly beautiful and rich in lively and interesting characters, yet often isolated, rundown, and neglected by the mainland.

“I want to show what it’s like for young people who have grown up in Cornwall.”

BAFTA-winning producer Emily Morgan has vouched to support the film as executive producer, and St Austell Brewery have donated gifts to offer as rewards on the CrowdFunder.


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