Cat Velez - 9th July 2015

Bristol-based duo Icarus get their name from a character in Greek mythology who took to the air, but Ben Strebel references another Greek hero for his video for their Don't Cry Wolf. Shot in Folkestone, Kent, it follows the story of a young fisherman whose banal routine is disrupted when he finds a naked young woman on the beach.

In Homer's Iliad, Ulysses orders his men to tie him to the mast of his ship so that he could listen to the sirens' (more commonly known as mermaids) song without being tempted to jump towards them to his death. And sure enough, upon hearing the sweet, deadly calls, Ulysses is driven temporarily insane and tries to break free. 

And we discover that the girl the boy finds holds a similar disorientating effect on him. Even in gritty real life settings, Strebel communicates the mystery, intimacy and unearthly seductive power of the mermaid.


“The mermaid in folklore is far removed from the cutesy Disney image, and is one that combines sexual allure and frustration, beauty and murderous intent. I wanted to explore the coming together of fear and the irresistibly exotic, exploring the dichotomy this creates - the clash of two incompatible worlds.”

PRO Credits


DirectorBen Strebel
Production CompanyCaviar
ProducerRohan Scully
Executive ProducerOre Okonedo
Director of PhotographyVictor Seguin
SteadicamAndrew Fletcher
Underwater Camera OpRob Franklin
Focus PullerBenjamin Cohenca
GafferEllie Williams
Art DirectionOliver Hogan
StylistHannah Hopkins
Make-upEmily Bilverstone
CastAndrew Bowerman
CastEleanor James
CastMichael Brackenbury
EditorSt. John O’Rorke
ColouristBen Rogers
Audio PostHelo Hendrix
CommissionerCaroline Clayton

Cat Velez - 9th July 2015

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