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DEEP WATER is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever - the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race
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Nevertheless, I still thoroughly enjoyed this documentary film. Having watched the interviews with Crowhurst's wife and one of his sons, I couldn't help but feel truly sorry for his family and Crowhurst himself, something that the book didn't really manage for me (even though the book is superb). The footage of the disastrous start to Crowhurst's race out of Teignmouth made me laugh out loud, which is pretty odd seeing as I knew how this tragic tale ended.
After reading the book I felt Crowhurst was just a chancer/Mittyesque character that took a big gamble and lost in the ultimate way. After the film, I still felt some of this this but the difference was I ended up liking Donald Crowhurst. Of course, the film-makers may have been more sympathetic to get the co-operation from the family but I like to think this is an accurate representation of the tale as it was. At the end, I felt genuinely moved by what I'd just seen.
If you don't have the time or inclination to wade through 275 pages of the book, then rent or buy this little treasure. It may be lacking the finer detail of the book but it added something important; the human side to all this and the effect that a tormented mans dream had on everyone around him. Overall it's an important story that should be heard. The film describes the story simply, is filmed nicely, has crucial interviews with many of the main players and therefore I recommend it highly.
GPS - open any map and we can know exactly where we are on the globe today. For those of us who were learning to navigate land and sea in the 1960's, it just was not so. Few amateurs knew how to use a sextant; nor could the average person afford one. For the most part, on any given day we knew where we were relative to other landmarks around us. But the thought that you could know precisely to the foot where you were eluded all but the most sophisticated. And the exact same was true for how the majority of people defined their social and personal identity as well...and I am not speaking metaphorically, either.
Today my children take their GPS for granted. The world is mapped...every square inch. Today we know where we are not in relation to something else, but just in relation to where we are...which defines to us where everything else is. And beyond the physical description of where we are, today my children know and can articulate the manner in which their culture, and their society, and their family shapes them. But it was not so in the 1960's...it was not so. When Donald Crowhurst sailed over the horizon, he indeed sailed not only into a geographical oblivion, he also sailed off the social map in a very real way. And as we bid him farewell, we who grew up back then were as certain of this geographically, as we were socially.
It's interesting that today Western culture advocates venturing over social horizons so glibly. The assumption is that in so doing, self-disclosure awaits.Read more ›
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Very moving. I started watching this film disliking Crowhurst but by the end I felt very sorry for him. Some truely horrible journalists involved.Published 16 months ago by B. Hudson
A very good account of this tragic event. Note it is DVD not blu-ray.Published 19 months ago by M. R. Jobson