Deep Water (2006) is one of the finest documentaries I’ve seen. It narrates the story of Donald Crowhurst, the unlikely competitor in the 1968-1969 UK Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to circumnavigate the world solo and non-stop. It’s a bizarre and tragic story, told with exactly the right tone. The interviewers expertly bring out insights from many of the key players. The intercutting of these interviews with archival footage and graphics is amazing. I felt I was with Crowhurst on that vast ocean in his terrible existential predicament. It’s inspiring to see such great biographical storytelling. The film can be seen on ABC Iview for another couple of weeks.
You have reminded me I read a book with this story years ago. I can’t work out from Wikipedia what that book was so I might have to start with Coe’s Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim. Might also have to watch the documentary.
Nathan Hobby said:
Maybe the Nicholas Tomalin one?
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