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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Inspirational Documentary ‘Maiden’

Toronto Film Festival 2018: Film tells the story of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race

Sony Pictures Classics picked up North American rights to Alex Holmes’ “Maiden,” after the documentary’s world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

“Maiden” tells the inspirational story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, and how she became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Edwards faces opposition on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But refusing to give up, Edwards mortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line.

“Maiden” was produced by Alex Holmes, who also directed it, and Victoria Gregory. The film was executive produced by James Erskine.

Sony also acquired rights to the film in the Middle East, South Africa, Scandinavia, Benelux and India.

The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and Dogwoof on behalf of London-based production company New Black Films.