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Maiden – (dir. Alex Holmes)
West Mall 7 – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 97 min
Genre: Adventure, Sports, Biography
This film included in Fast Pass admission.
Film Summary: 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.
What the critics are saying:
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.
Ann Hornaday – Washington Post
What we have from director Alex Holmes is a documentary with all the nervous-making energy of a first rate drama; a cast of sailors who are both endearing and intelligent; and a delicately wrought suspense story.
– Wall Street Journal
Director Alex Holmes and editor Katie Bryer cannily draw out the story beneath the story, allowing it to bob along in the wake of Edwards’ tale.
– Allison Shoemaker – AV Club
Tautly edited and unfussily directed, it’s a knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit.
– Time Out
With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing Maiden crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit.
– Tribune News Service
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