Your chance to watch the promotional trailer of the feature documentary about Donald Crowhurst and the 1968 Golden globe Race
From the makers ofTouching the Void, this film is for sailors and non-sailors alike. It’s amazing, fascinating, gripping, and incredibly moving.
Narrated by Tilda Swinton, the film tells the mysterious story of Donald Crowhurst and the Golden Globe round the world race in 1968-69. This unknown sailor captured the imagination of his sponsor and the public, and as reports came back that he was making the fastest time, expectations for his home-coming reached fever-pitch. He never arrived, and the film explores the background to his psychological struggle, mired in financial pressures that drove him inexorably to his fate.
It was this race that projected Robin Knox-Johnston to fame as the first man to sail non-stop round the world. Chay Blyth features too, (he started in a small Westerly, but didn’t finish) along with the Frenchman Bernard Moitessier, who ‘went native’, turning away from the adulation that awaited him at the finish to go round the world again!
There’s a remarkable amount of film footage: Robin Knox-Johnston inSuhailibattling the Southern Ocean; Moitessier’s stunning shots of his boat creaming along atop foaming crests; Crowhurst’s bewildered children waving him goodbye as he departs Teignmouth still wearing his tie; Knox-Johnston off New Zealand ‘really looking forward to a big steak and a pint of English beer’.
Crowhurst’s wife and son speak frankly, occasionally tearfully, to the camera, cut with footage of the crowds gathering in Plymouth to greet him – 100,000 were expected; he was on course to be the winner, with a time faster than Knox-Johnston’s. When Crowhurst disappears, the sadness is unbearable.
It’s rare to see a sailing documentary in the cinemas, and no sailor should miss the chance to see Deep Water on the big screen. It’s being shown in London’s West End and nine cities around the UK from 15 December.
To download the trailer in zip format click here
To find your nearest screening see: www.deepwatermovie.co.uk