A film by Louise Marie Cooke
A story of lust and desire, of identity and sexuality. Elizabeth, an English rose, falls for Sirena, a mysterious sensuous Spanish woman. From their initial meeting, Elizabeth feels an overwhelming attraction for Sirena that grows with intensity; all complicated by Elizabeth’s on/off relationship with local guy Tom.
Siren is a sexually explicit risqué look at women living and loving in modern Britain, exploring the overlooked subject of bisexuality. It’s the story of one woman’s desire for another, the confusion it causes and the powerful effect it can have on our actions.
Written & Directed by: Louise Marie Cooke
DP: Laura Bellingham
Produced by: Louise Marie Cooke, Dead Flowers Productions
Starring: Shian Denovan, Valeria Vereau, Christian Kinde
Editor: Neil Fergusson
Composer: Victoria Wijeratne
Siren came about from the wish to express the moment where a person is hit out of nowhere by a sudden rush of desire that knocks them off their feet. The intense feeling that confuses even the most straightforward sensible people; desire that makes a person lose a grip on normality.
In Siren, the result is intensified as Elizabeth is already a character struggling with her sexual identity at the beginning of the film and so when she meets Sirena the desire unlocks a part of her fully for the first time and as a result, she goes on a crazy spiral of confusing self-destruction.
The end of the film is deliberately ambiguous, with some people reading into it as a suicide attempt. For me, the end of the film is one of acceptance and cleansing, of letting go and stripping back from everything that is holding Elizabeth back from being who she is. With the act of stripping naked and swimming, she is the one taking control of her future and saying this is me.