Documentary – 2019 – UK – 97 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – PG
Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.
Directed by Alex Holmes
An incredible story, and Holmes keeps a sharp eye on its cultural commentary to make it a part of a contemporary conversation. – RogerEbert.com
Holmes’ documentary has more than enough human interest to grip viewers with no prior interest in sailing. – Variety
A rousing, real-life, feminist adventure tale. – Hollywood Reporter
Instructive, insightful and inspiring, Maiden is a rousingly riveting record of a remarkable accomplishment that says as much about British bloody-mindedness as it does about feminist fortitude and underdog pluck. – Empire
In common with its subject matter, this is a real crowd-pleaser with a strong finish. – Irish Times