Cutty Sark – Character Films

FGreat were very pleased to be responsible for producing a promotional video of London’s iconic attraction Cutty Sark. Our satisfaction was even greater when we added to our Cutty Sark portfolio online promos about fabulous stories, brought to life by characters that are part of the ship’s history.

Four actors distinctly play in short films, asking the audience to board on the world’s sole surviving tea clipper and hear how life was like on it.

The energetic live action sequences, combined with an epic music, really give the viewer the sense of being invited to dive into the past and enter a world of fantasy, full of memorable narratives.

Captain Woodget

Captain Woodget shares stories of incredible and dangerous voyages and lucky escapes despite of gales and storms that put his maritime skills to the test.

The Cutty Sark’s longest serving master was appointed to command the ship in 1885, during a successful period of service in the Australian wool trade.

Jock Willis

One video presents Jock Willis, the man who owned Cutty Sark, wearing his inseparable white top hat. The shipping magnate, in 19th century costume, invites visitors to discover how the vessel won the tea race and left behind her rivals in the black tea trade from Britain to China.

White Hat Willis, as he was known in London, unveils the secrets of the fastest sailing ship in the world.


The ship’s figurehead was brought to life by the character Nannie, a witch of the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns. In the poem she was dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’, how Scottish people used to call a short nightdress. That’s the origin of the vessel’s name.

Nannie performs as a dancer and storyteller, keen to share her adventures during the glorious time in which she was attached to the front of the famous survivor of the seas.

James Robson

The longest-serving cook on Cutty Sark was James Robson, a Chinese who sailed on ten voyages, between 1885 and 1895. He welcomes visitors to tour the historic ship whilst explaining how food was on board. A typical menu would include salt tram horse (salted meat) and bread or junk (shredded meat) and spuds.

Curiosities revealed by an actor developed for Cutty Sark with the Yellow Earth Theatre.