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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alki David
Michael Greenspan (co-director)
Produced by Alki David
Billy Zane (co-producer)
Written by Alki David
Melissa Painter
Starring Kelly Brook
Billy Zane
Alki David
Amber Savva
Cinematography Aggelos Viskadourakis
Editing by Alki David
Distributed by Screen Media Films
111 Pictures
Release date(s) 24 August 2007 (2007-08-24)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget 10 million
Money made $9,216

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.


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
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