The Mercy

Certificate 12A

(2018) 112 mins

Director: James Marsh
Writer: Scott Z Burns
Cinematography: Eric Gautier
Production Design: Peter Francis, Jon Henson
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson


On October 31st, 1968, Donald Crowhurst, a businessman and amateur sailor, set off in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a competition to be the first person to sail nonstop and single-handedly around the world. His 35ft boat, built from his own design, was unsuitable and unfinished, and as he fell farther and farther behind, he was faced with an impossible choice: return home to humiliation and financial ruin, or die at sea. In July 1969 his boat, Teignmouth Electron, was found in the Sargasso Sea with faked log books, increasingly unhinged diary entries, and no captain.

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For those unfamiliar with this mysterious voyage, The Mercy delivers a must-see feature, as the story is a truly captivating one, and for those acquainted with it, Marsh et al bring a fresh approach to the abiding tale of the seven months and two days the Teignmouth Electron spent at sea.  The film only takes a few minutes to swell Crowhurst’s head with dreams, it then proceeds to spend the remainder agonisingly tearing those dreams down. The Mercy is a twisted ride of hubris, anxiety, isolation and, finally, insanity.”  The Upcoming

The Mercy is a powerful and compelling story told with care and compassion by a brilliant cast. Whether Crowhurst deserves that compassion might divide audiences. But Marsh’s film invites us not to judge Crowhurst but to judge ourselves. What would we do in those same circumstances?”  Radio Times

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