London-based documentary specialists Dogwoof has acquired the worldwide rights to Alex Holmes’ Toronto-bound, feature-length documentary Maiden.
The 93-minute nautical-themed film documents the story of 24-year-old Tracy Edwards who became the skipper of the first all-women sailing crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. To ensure the team made it to the starting line, Edwards re-mortgaged her home to buy a second-hand 10-year-old 58-foot yacht, refurbished it and renamed it the Maiden.
With a 12-woman crew, Edwards’ Maiden finished second in its class, winning two out of six individual legs of the race. She would later become the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
Under the partnership, Dogwoof will handle all sales for Maiden, across all platforms with a UK release planned for early 2019.
The deal was brokered by Dogwoof’s Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions, and New Black Films’ Gregory.
“It feels like a great time for the rousing story of Tracy Edwards and her all-female crew to get the big screen treatment, and Alex has crafted together a fantastic film to capture all the drama of that groundbreaking Whitbread Race all those years ago,” said Harbottle in a statement. “We’re very happy to be continuing our relationship with New Black Films to get this story out there alongside the boat’s relaunch at the end of this year.”
“Maiden is an inspirational story of guts and determination that deserves to be heard by the widest possible audience, so it’s great to know that Dogwoof are on board to make that happen,” added Holmes. “Their passion for this project has been unstinting and New Black Films is excited to be deepening its relationship with such an inspiring group of professionals.”