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Drury Humanities: Maiden (2019)

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
(PG, 97 min.)


Saturday, April 11, 2020


Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

There will be a post show discussion with Dr. Katie Gilbert following the film.
Tickets are $5 and Free for Members.
Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men. [Sony Pictures Classics]

Starring: Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull
Director: Alex Holmes
Genre(s): Documentary, Sport

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"An exhilarating and inspiring watch."

— Josh Slater-Williams, Little White Lies

"A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream."

— Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

"Maiden concludes so movingly, with such perfect symbolism, that it rivals any scripted sports drama."

— Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"An incredible story, and Holmes keeps a sharp eye on its cultural commentary to make it a part of a contemporary conversation."

— Nick Allen,

"But even at its most visceral and exciting, it's the emotion at the story's core, and the higher principles at work, that make it transcendent."

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Maiden is simply riveting, a story of grandeur and sweep that's also moving and intimate because there are so many naked emotions in play"

— Paul Byrnes Sydney, Morning Herald

"What we have from director Alex Holmes is a documentary with all the nervous-making energy of a first-rate drama; a cast of sailors who are both endearing and intelligent; and a delicately wrought suspense story."

— John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

"Writer-director Alex Holmes ("Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story") absorbingly recounts the story of Edwards and her team in an unfussy linear style that effectively recaptures the tension of their gutsy undertaking."

— Tom Russo, Boston Globe

"With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing Maiden crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit."

— Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service