Fishtales (2007)


Fishtales (2007)

The film takes place on the Greek Island of Spetses, where widowed Greek-History Professor Thomas Bradley is about to lose his research grant studying ancient love spells. He knows he is close to a major academic breakthrough and desperately wants to continue his research. Thomas is given one last chance to continue his work on a Greek island, at the home of the supportive Oxford don, Professor Coulter. Joined by his 12 year-old daughter, Serena, Thomas departs to the Greece island looking for the inspiration he needs to finish his thesis. Serena knows that what her father needs most of all is to find love again after the loss of his wife. Initially, Serena tries her hand at matchmaking with the local women on the island, who are less than impressed by the awkward and clumsy Thomas. Very much in tune to the ancient spirits herself, Serena meets Nereid a beautiful mermaid. However, menace is present in the form of the evil Captain Mavros, an island fisherman intent on killing Nereid ...
IMDb   5.0 /10
TheMovieDb    4.9 /10
Director Alki David
Writer Alki David
Writer Melissa Painter
Release Date2007-08-24
Runtime1h 34mins
GenreComedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Content RatingPG (PG)
CompanyArokaria, Full On Film Productions (I), Whiskers Post Production
CountryUK, Greece
LanguageEnglish, Greek
Dr. Thomas Bradley
Alki David
Alki David
Captain Mavros
Serena Bradley
Felix Yanez
Felix Yanez
Dimitri Mavros
Efi Papatheodorou
Efi Papatheodorou
Klymeni (as Effi Papatheodorou)
Professor Coulter
Professor Ratcher
Professor Whiner
Burning Bride
Natalia Kapodistria
Natalia Kapodistria
Trinket Shop Owner
Vicky Protogeraki
Vicky Protogeraki
Niece 1 (as Bicky Protogeraki)
Melina Kyriakopoulou
Melina Kyriakopoulou
Niece 2
Rod Woodruff
Rod Woodruff
Man in Restaurant


Fishtales is a 2007 family comedy film directed by Alki David and Michael Greenspan, and starring Billy Zane and Kelly Brook about a widowed father who falls in love with a mermaid. The film was released theatrically in the UK on 24 August 2007.

At the time of filming, co-stars Billy Zane and Kelly Brook were engaged to be married, but they have since split. This is the second film that the couple have worked on together, the previous being 2005's Survival Island, where they met.


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Widowed Classics Professor Thomas Bradley (Billy Zane) is about to lose his research grant studying ancient love spells at Oxford University. He knows he is close to a major academic breakthrough and desperately needs more time to complete his research. Thomas is given one last chance to finish his work, and goes to the Greek island of Spetses, where he has been invited to stay at the home of a supportive Oxford don Professor Coulter. Thomas brings along his 12-year-old daughter, Serena (Amber Savva). The house is in tolerable condition, and Serena finds a book about merpeople that has an ancient Greek inscription on the cover.

Serena is supportive of her father and readily asks him about ancient mythology, but feels that he dedicates too much of himself to his work. The pair meet a fisherman named Captain Mavros (Alki David) and his son Dimitri (Felix Yanez); Dimitri develops a romantic crush on Serena.

Neried (Kelly Brook), a mermaid who can only take human form at night, travels on land to meet Thomas. When they initially cannot get along, Serena asks that Neried only help her father translate some old relics for his work. Neried does, and when she and Thomas speak the ancient love spell in unison, they fall deeply in love with each other. Thomas realises that the writing on the book Serena had discovered earlier is the key to understanding all of the ancient text, enabling him to continue his work.


  • Billy Zane as Dr. Thomas Bradley
  • Kelly Brook as Neried
  • Alki David as Captain Mavros
  • Amber Savva as Serena Bradley
  • Felix Yanez as Dimitri Mavros
  • Effi Papatheodorou as Klymeni
  • John Nettleton as Professor Coulter
  • Terrence Hardiman as Professor Ratcher
  • John Quayle as Professor Whiner


  • Rosie Ashcroft – Hyperventilating "the sun"
  • Alkie Davis – Ocean Lies


The film was shot on location on the Greek Island of Spetses during the summer of 2006, with extra footage filmed later in London.

Director Alki David, an avid dive enthusiast, paid particular attention to the quality of the underwater sequences. Specialist equipment was required to achieve the underwater scenes in the film.

During shooting for the film, Brook, when attempting to surface between shots, hit her head on the underside of a rock and almost drowned in her full costume.

Brook had a stunt and body double for the portions of the film that involved swimming beyond her ability, the job was given to a 29-year-old free-diver from Cornwall. The double, Hannah Stacey, used to hold the UK's free diving woman's record of 54 m (177 ft) on a single breath.

Both Brook and Stacey wore tails that were moulded individually to fit each of them and took three and a half months to build.

Release and response

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, where it received very poor reviews and some critics walked out before the film had finished. One critic claimed 'This is the worst movie I've seen in a very long time I fell asleep within the first 15 minutes'

Due to the film's very poor reception, it only grossed $9,216 when it was released in the United Kingdom, potentially qualifying it as a box office bomb. Other gross figures remain unknown.

It was released theatrically in August 2007 across the UK, US and Canada.

It was released on DVD in August 2008 across the US and Canada.