Crowhurst film set for release

The inventor's family break their silence in award-winning documentary

A documentary film about Donald Crowhurst’s famous last voyage is to be released in December.

Winner of The Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Roma Film Festival, Deep Water is narrated by Tilda Swinton and set against the backdrop of Britain in the sixties, following the extraordinary true story of Donald Crowhurst, a free-thinking electronics inventor who entered the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world yacht race.

A spokesman says: “In 1969 Crowhurst is driven by a desire to prove to the world that with the help of his revolutionary invention, an on-board computer, one could effortlessly sail the seas. With the late summer deadline fast approaching, he franticly readies his trimaran to set sail.

“As the race progresses, Crowhurst’s reports of his positions at sea show that, after a slow start, he is beginning to cover ever greater daily distances, surprising press and public alike, before he begins to set new world records for distances covered in the course of a day. Headline after headline is being printed- not just across Britain but also across the globe. Crowhurst is fast becoming the darling of the tabloids, hailed as a nautical wonder with the world’s gaze upon his lonely and potentially life-threatening journey.

But, as the world waits on tenterhooks for this extraordinary man to cross the finish line and sail into port to a hero’s welcome, the jaw-dropping truth of his ten month voyage is revealed.”

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Deep Water includes interviews with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Francoise Moitessier and marks the first time in 30 years that Donald Crowhurst’s family have broken their silence to talk about the events.

Release Date: December 15 / Running Time: 92 mins / Cert: PG


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