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Singing Seas

Short Film (Full Length) – 1989

PG
Parental Guidance

This impressionistic 1989 short film, directed by Mark Summerville, imagines gay tribal life on a fantasy South Pacific Island. Shot by Mairi Gunn, the film ripples with watery blues; a stormy Maggie Rankin soundtrack and whispered narration (from Ivan Davis) backgrounds images of marine sirens, coral crowns, apples, tapa, and entwined seaweed. In the middle of it all — a game of underwater hockey... The short film crossed the seas to gay film festivals in San Francisco, Vancouver and Hamburg, and toured with a British Film Institute selection of shorts.

For blue Gods of mornings past / Shall tonight dance in waters of fire / Shattering veins of golden lust / Sustaining winds to cry desire
– The Singing Sea (Ivan Davies)

Key Cast & Crew

Mairi Gunn

Cinematographer, Camera Operator

Mark Summerville

Director, Producer, Writer

Sally Smith

Producer

Dean Brunt

As: Warrior Faery / Sea Salp

Wayne McKee

As: Legs

Martin Clark

As: Sea God

See all 25 credits

Produced by

Mark Summerville

Acknowledgements

Made with the support of the Queen Elizabeth ll Arts Council

Music

Soundtrack composed by Maggie Rankin, with lyrics by Mark Summerville. Performed by Ivan Davis