Directed by Alex Holmes
118 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The gripping story of the first all-female crew to take on the male-dominated Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race: inspiring and remarkably relevant in this Time’s Up era.

Skipper Tracy Edwards made history in 1989 when her boat ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line of this notoriously gruelling race. A former ship’s cook, Edwards decided the only way to break into this all-boys club was to take up the challenge with an all-women team. She set about recruiting a crew and raising the money to refurbish and equip a beat-up old boat. Overcoming many setbacks, including resistant sponsors, and with chauvinistic reporters betting on their failure, 'Maiden' – with Edwards at the helm – finally set out on the 33,000-mile voyage. The difficulty of their undertaking is vividly demonstrated in footage shot by sports networks as well as the crew themselves. Their triumphs are equally palpable, and make this documentary exciting, fast-paced and totally engrossing.

Alex Holmes’ rousing documentary…flips gracefully between past and present as it turns a decades-old yachting race into an inspiring feminist adventure.
Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
'Maiden' unfolds in eye-opening ways, flush with shocking twists and turns that seem pulled out of a Hollywood playbook, enlivened by the addition of a stellar ensemble of Edwards’ fellow sailors who, even in their reflective talking head interviews, are as vibrant and outspoken as ever.
Kate Erbland, IndieWire

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Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
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International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
In English
Alex Holmes
Alex Holmes, Victoria Gregory
Alex Holmes
Chris Openshaw
Katie Bryer
Documentary, Sport, Gender & Sexuality, Biography, Focus on Women
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Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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