Maiden (2018)


“We were a real mixed bag of mostly dropouts, misfits and gypsies and nomads. We were all running away from something, but we were family units… I mean surreal family units. ” – Tracy Edwards

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the first team of women to partake in a race around the world.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that was recommended to me as it was being talked about during the recent award season.

This film is quite timely in the way that they show how the events of this film that took place more than 30 years ago was a point where the glass ceiling in this sport was broken.

We also get to see the ripple effects of that event on the sport and the lives of these women ever since.

The film shows us some great interviews filled with real footage of these women, their racing competitors, media figures and even part of the judges in the event as hey all spout their opinions about the events at that time.

In addition, we get to see many of these same people thirty years later tell us their opinions in retrospect.

What’s fascinating is the fact that some of them still hold the same opinions while others have changed their ideas and outlook on the events during this 3 decade gap.

This adds a lot more impact to the story because it shows the differences in people’s viewpoints over time and how some people’s ideas evolve when they have a different perspective.

Bottom Line – Interesting tale that shows how the glass ceiling was broken more than 30 years ago in this sport and how the ripple effect has been seen ever since. The film does a great job showing the real footage of these women, their competitors and the media while also showing what they all thought of this achievement. The way that the film gives a retrospective of the events by many of these same people also adds so much to the impact of the story because we get to see and hear the opinions of the same people with a 30 year gap between them. Some agree with themselves while others now have varying opinions that have moved during that time span. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 2014 Tracy Edwards learned that her boat, “Maiden,” was rotting on the rocks in The Seychelles, a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, where it had been abandoned by its owner two years before. She crowdfunded the money to repurchase the wreck in 2016, and took another year to restore it at Southampton, where she and her crew had rebuilt it the first time in 1989. As of 2019, it is on a three-year world tour to raise money and awareness for girls’ access to education in poorer nations. Her project is called “The Maiden Factor.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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