Best British 2019

My Brother is a Mermaid

'My Brother is a Mermaid' is a fairytale about a 7 year old boy discovering that his teenage sibling is transgender.


Alfie Dale


Alfie Dale



UK, 20 mins

My Brother is a Mermaid is a magical realist drama about the unconditional love and admiration of a younger brother for their transgender sibling. Through the imaginative eyes of 7-year-old Kuda, and set in a bleak, dilapidated coastal town, the film follows transgender teen Kai’s emotional battles with her family, her community and herself.

This dazzling short film is a tender portrait of how a child’s innocence and unconditional love can be a powerful and disruptive force for good.

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In 2017 Alfie won ‘Best British Short Film’ at Southampton International Film Festival for his first short film, ’Purple Heather’, a half hour period drama about the Romani Gypsy community in the New Forest. Since then Alfie has been working on his new short ‘My Brother is a Mermaid’. At university Alfie was nominated a Royal Television Society award. In the early stages oof his film career, Alfie worked as a runner ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, before moving on to work as a Development Executive for Constellations Entertainment. Here he was heavily involved in writing ‘Vivling’ – a biopic of actress ‘Vivien Leigh’ – which was awarded a place on the the 2015 Brit List, (the industry shortlist of the UK’s best unmade screenplays). Alfie is now developing a feature version of ‘My Brother is a Mermaid’, aiming to begin production in 2020.