Mermaid Movies & TV

Mermaid life in movies and television

The Marrickville Mermaid

The first time an actress donned a swimmable mermaid tail was Annette Kellerman in the year 1911 for “The Mermaid” then in 1914 she went on to star in “Neptune’s Daughter” “The daughter of King Neptune determines to avenge the death of her sister, who was caught in a fishing net laid by the king of a […]



My Bride is a Mermaid : Anime

“The story of My Bride is a Mermaid (Seto no Hanayome) revolves around a young teenage boy named Nagasumi Michishio. One day during his summer vacation at Seto Bay, Nagasumi is saved from drowning by a mermaid named Sun Seto. Under mermaid law however, either the mermaid whose identity was revealed or the human who […]

Mako Mermaids

via IMDB, a mermaid series from Netflix!  A spin-off from the popular award winning h2O: Just Add Water “During a trip to Mako Island, Zac gets in touch with the water of the magic Moon Pool in a night of full Moon, gaining a merman tail and the power to manipulate water. Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, three mermaids […]



H2O: Just Add Water

via IMDB The award winning Mermaid series from 2006 ran for 3 seasons. “When three normal teenage girls stumble upon a ancient cave they undergo a transformation that will change their lives forever. H20 – Just Add Water, sees three very different girls facing everyday teen problems with an added twist – they’re mermaids with incredible […]


Rusalochka : The Little Mermaid

For my movie-loving Mer-friends, another take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid, shot in 1976 – the haunting Russian film “Rusalochka” “As the story opens, a bus-full of tourists are touring Copenhagen. Their guide draws their attention to the beautiful statue at Langelinie. At that, the film’s focus moves below the waterline, where several fish […]

Bola Ogun : Interview with The Water Phoenix

Part 2 in a 3 part series about The Water Phoenix and her creator Bola Ogun. Last week we introduced The Water Phoenix (Mermaid Anya). Today we dive deeper with filmmaker and star Bola Ogun…   How were you first introduced to Mermaids? Like a lot of ladies of my generation, as a child, Ariel was my first mermaid […]



My Mother the Mermaid

The haenyeo, literally meaning “sea women”, are female divers in the South Korean province of Jeju, considered by some to be real life mermaids.  Released in 2000, the film “My Mother the Mermaid” explores the story of a haenyeo and her daughter. “Na-young works at a post office and is sick and tired of being embarrassed by her unyielding mother and pushover father. […]

Mad about Men : A Mermaid Sequel

Miranda is back!  Check out the follow up to the classic 1940’s mermaid movie “Miranda”. “A sequel to the unexpected smash hit “Miranda” (1948), 1954’s “Mad About Men” reunites us with Glynis Johns as Miranda Trewella, the beautiful mermaid with an insatiable appetite for fun… and romance. There is an additional twist this time around, […]


from the the digital collections of Harvard's Houghton Library -Anisfeld, Boris Israelevich, 1879-1973. Sadko : costume designs for Mermaids in Sea Kingdom scene, 1911

Sadko : In the Underwater Kingdom

via IMDB – Sadko –  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling Opera in seven tableaux.  A classic Russian mermaid tale… “The epic journey of Sadko a sea-faring minstrel from Novgorod, his wife Libava and their encounters with Volkhova, a sea Princess and the court of her parents the Tsar and Tsarina of the Sea. Sadko traveling on his ship “Falcon” […]