Alex Holmes delivers a solid documentary with Maiden, about a woman named Tracy Edwards, who started her sailing career as a cook and eventually found herself leading the first all-female crew to ever sail the Whitbread Round the World Race.
Holmes uses archive footage, including some amazing sequences during the more perilous points of the journey, along with new interviews to tell the story. Simply put: Edwards is a charming and engaging storyteller, whether she’s in footage old or new, and as the story unfolds, and the team’s accomplishments become more and more amazing, you will find yourself rooting hard during an event that happened 30 years ago.
Of course, the team took a lot of crap from their male counterparts, and the fact that they even competed is astonishing, considering most of the crew was fairly green. It’s a gripping underdog story that will surprise—because you probably didn’t even know it ever happened.
Maiden is now playing at the Palm Desert 10 Cinemas (72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-340-0033).