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Maiden

  • All Sites: 26 Sep 2019
Runtime: 97 min
GENRES: Documentary
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Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Tracy’s 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 re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew she went on to shock the sport and prove once again that women are the equal of men.

98% - Rotten Tomatoes

★★★★★  - The Mail on Sunday
"Brilliantly effective and unexpectedly moving.”

★★★★ - Time Out 
“Tautly edited and unfussily directed, it's a knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit.” 

★★★★ - Rolling Stone 
“You don’t have to know port from starboard to build a rooting interest in the dazzling portrait that director Alex Holmes (Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story) has put together” / “An all-women crew knocked the sexist world on it's ass. This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration.”  

★★★★ – Empire Magazine 
“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.” 

★★★★ - Daily Mirror
“Gloriously inspirational” 

★★★½ - Seattle Times 
“A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream..” 

★★★½ - Washington Post 
“But even at its most visceral and exciting, it's the emotion at the story's core, and the higher principles at work, that make it transcendent.” 

Hollywood Reporter
“A rousing, real-life, feminist adventure tale.” 

★★★★ - Sunday Times (UK)

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