DEEP WA­TER

(2006)

Esquire (UK) - - Esquire Sport 2017 - Di­rected by Louise Os­mond and Jerry Roth­well

The 1968–’69 Sun­day Times Golden Globe Race was no­table for many things, not least that it was the first round-the-world yacht race. Of nine starters, only one fin­ished. An­other, a likely win­ner, de­cided that com­pe­ti­tion was not for him and car­ried on sail­ing on a new course, for a to­tal of 10 months at sea and an­other two-thirds of a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion. Then there was Don­ald Crowhurst. If the name is not fa­mil­iar, do not Google it and in­stead track down Deep Wa­ter.

Crowhurst’s story de­serves to be called “as­ton­ish­ing” (a biopic, The Mercy, star­ring Colin Firth is due in au­tumn) and this film tells it su­perbly: part bi­og­ra­phy, part mys­tery, part un­der­dog tale. A bril­liant ex­am­ple of the par­al­lel world where fact trumps fic­tion on film.

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