Maiden

Maiden

Maiden

Documentary on sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

"In the late 1980s, amateur British sailor Tracy Edwards decided she’d had enough of being dismissed and belittled as the only woman on the seafaring crews she’d participated in. Setting her sights on the upcoming Whitbread Round the World Race — a staggering 40,000-nautical-mile circumnavigation of the earth that few boats dared tackle — Tracy assembled the world’s first international all-female sailing crew and entered the competition. As they weathered not only life-threatening high seas but also a storm of sexism in the media, this inspiring group of women had to rely on their own pure resilience—and each other—to prove the naysayers and skeptics wrong. What they hadn’t quite expected, however, was how their expedition would come to signify so much more than just a race to the finish line." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Coarse Language93 minsUK
Documentary
Director:
Alex Holmes ('Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story')
Cast:
Tracy Edwards

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Maiden / Reviews

IndieWire

IndieWire

While Maiden is satisfying on its own, it's tailor-made for a remake that can dive deeper into a story that has so much life left in it.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The film has a lively pace with nary a pause for a more relaxed reflection on the subject at hand... That said, with that breakneck pacing, some biographical clarity... is lost.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

A real crowd-pleaser with a strong finish.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Holmes ultimately takes a frustratingly simplistic approach to his thematically rich material.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Excels as a suspenseful sports tale and a record of a historic first, but its biggest strength is in its warts-and-all character study of the Maiden crew.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

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.

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BirthMoviesDeath

BirthMoviesDeath

This isn’t a revolutionary film or an elevation of the documentary form, but it is an empowering message of perseverance for women and their allies in the fight against male hegemony.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Absorbingly recounts the story of Edwards and her team in an unfussy linear style...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

An inspiring portrait of a ship's crew that had much to prove...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Maiden is simply riveting, a story of grandeur and sweep that's also moving and intimate because there are so many naked emotions in play.

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Stuff

Stuff

You'll cringe at some of the condescending comments made by the yachting writers of the time, you'll laugh at some of the Maiden crew's antics (including wearing bikinis into Fort Lauderdale to distract the press from their poor performance on that leg) and cheer as they show "the boys" up, especially in the daunting Southern Ocean.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

What makes the story so compelling is not only how these women defied the odds to get a boat in the water, but how competitive in the race they were. What started as a feminist (Edwards hates this word) cry for women to sail in the Whitbread, turned into a serious competition. They wanted to win, but it wasn't until they crossed the line they realised what their participation meant to the world, and watching this moment still brings a tear to the eye.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

[Its] political narrative arc is what distinguishes "Maiden," which draws you in even when the predigital images prove less than lovely.

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Time Out

Time Out

Tautly edited and unfussily directed, it's a knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit.

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Empire Magazine

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

At all events, it pays due homage to Edwards as a courageous pioneer.

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Variety

Variety

Holmes' documentary has more than enough human interest to grip viewers with no prior interest in sailing.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A rousing, real-life, feminist adventure tale.

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