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Singing Seas

Short Film (Full Length) – 1989

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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

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Mairi Gunn

Cinematographer, Camera Operator

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Mark Summerville

Director, Producer, Writer

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Sally Smith


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Dean Brunt

As: Warrior Faery / Sea Salp

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Wayne McKee

As: Legs

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Martin Clark

As: Sea God

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Produced by

Mark Summerville


Made with the support of the Queen Elizabeth ll Arts Council


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