Back in 1989, this doc shows us, sexism proved no less a challenge than the elements for Tracy Edwards and her pathbreaking yachters, the first all-female crew to attempt the nine-month Whitbread Around the World regatta.
"Shattering a glass ceiling has rarely been more engrossing—or grueling—than it is in 'Maiden'."—Variety
"The ocean is always trying to kill you. It doesn't take a break." They told her she couldn't do it. They took bets on whether she'd even make it from Southampton to the Channel Islands on the race's first leg. But that didn't stop 24-year-old Tracy Edwards from putting together the crew of the Maiden, the first all-female sailing crew to enter the grueling, nine-month Whitbread Around the World regatta. "It wasn't a choice," the British Edwards tells director Alex Jones. "It was just sort of a thing I had to do." It's the 1980s, and the restless Edwards is determined to enter the longest race on Earth, knowing full well that if she fails, it would likely stop a generation of women from ever attempting the same feat. But the road isn't easy; after learning the ropes in an earlier race (making her one of only four women competing that year), she slowly builds her own team and takes out a second mortgage on her house just to buy a decrepit 58-foot aluminum fixer-upper. With financial support from King Hussein I of Jordan (owner of Royal Jordanian Airlines), she and her crew are finally ready to make history, embarking on a treacherous, 2,700-mile journey that has claimed many lives. No spoilers here, but they make it way past the Channel Islands.
Alex is a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker whose work spans both documentary and drama. His writing includes feature films The Killer (for StudioCanal) and the thriller Ex-Pats (for CBS Films), as well as an adaptation of the best-selling period novel "Interpretation of Murder" for Warner Brothers. Holmes is currently working on a film about Russian President Vladimir Putin and is developing a TV pilot for Fox set in the world of international gambling syndicates.
Sponsored by Aer Lingus
- Director: Alex Holmes
- Principal Cast: Tracy Edwards
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Producer: Victoria Gregory, Alex Holmes
- Screenplay: Alex Holmes
- Cinematographers: Chris Openshaw
- Editors: Katie Bryer
- Music: Samuel Sim, Rob Manning
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Dublin International Film Festival 2019 (Audience Award)
- Filmography: Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (Doc., 2014)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
- International Sales: Dogwoof