Critically acclaimed psychological thriller based on a true story. 1968: Inexperienced amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst enters a round the world race which he fears he won't be able to complete yet alone win. In order to save his dignity, he decides to cheat to come last - but things don't go according to plan.
Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Stars: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz & David Thewlis
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston discusses "The Mercy" and the original race with the film stars stars Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz
The first behind the scenes trailer for "The Mercy" finally due for cinema release in February 2018
Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on the harrowing true story behind The Mercy
Two movies about the doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst are coming out in early 2018. The Mercy debuting in February 2018 directed by James Marsh. Another is Crowhurst. This interview is with the director Simon Crumley of the Crowhurst movie starring Justin Salinger.
The star of the upcoming movie "The Mercy"
The replica of the Teignmouth Electron
In Teignmouth Harbour during filming in 2015
"The Mercy" starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and with James Marsh directing ( The Theory of Everything ).
Was first announced in January 2015
Creating a huge interest with even rumours of possible Oscar nominations.
Not surprising with 3 previous winners involved in the project
Produced by France's Canal+
the film immediately hit delays
And when another similar project "Crowhurst" appeared on the horizon.
The studio then surprised everyone
by buying the rights to it also.
Head of Studiocanal in the U.K.,
Admits Crowhurst was acquired in order to manage this potential competition.
“We worked out a deal to pick it up
so we could control it.
It was easier for us to have both of them.”
Referring to a similar situation recently.
In 2015 when 2 films appeared about London gangsters the Kray twins.
One of which was the studio's own blockbuster "Legend"
But perhaps the highest profile incident of this was in 1998
With a simultaneous release of Hollywood blockbusters
Deep Impact & Armageddon.
"The Mercy" and "Crowhurst"
having the same UK distributor.
And releases only weeks apart
It only makes the situation stranger.
Reasons for the delayed release of
"The Mercy"' range from
A new US distributor to many re-shoots.
With the producer Czernin saying “Anything on water is tricky,”
WHAT DID HE EXPECT SHOOTING A FILM ABOUT A YACHT RACE?
FILMING IN THE DESERT !!!
But the main reason for
pushing the film’s release back to 2018
He claims is scheduling.
While February may not seem
the ideal release date for a film
Particularly one with awards ambitions.
“We’ll be having a major campaign,”
“Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz love it.
And it’s going to get a hell of a lot of support.
Weirdly, after a long delay, there’s going to be loads of news very quickly on it.”
There’s also another reason for releasing both The Mercy and Crowhurst next year:
2018 is the 50th anniversary
of the ill-fated yacht race.
On the 15th September 2017
German festival audiences expecting to see "The Mercy"
Were surprised when they viewed a film simply called "Crowhurst"
“It’s a bit of a unique situation,”
Says Mike Riley, producer of Crowhurst.
“There’s two very different films about the same thing.”
Riley’s "Crowhurst" stars Justin Salinger
Of Everest & Ripper Street as Crowhurst
And director Simon Rumley
has been developing it for as long as
"The Mercy" according to Riley.
Describing his film as the
“punky, snot-nosed, no-holds-barred” telling of the story.
Which according to him has a 40th of the budget of "The Mercy" and was shot mostly around the U.K.
Unlike it's bigger budget "competitor" which used the Mediterranean waters around Malta for some of its production.
Riley also states
“We didn’t rush ours out
Knowing that they were making theirs,
It’s not a cash in"
And although "Goliath" "The Mercy"
Will have the full "Hollywood" treatment
Riley's "David" may have got "first blood"
By having it's premiere earlier
Deep Water ( 2006 ) The original trailer from the documentary that inspired both films
The FULL documentary
( 1 Hour 33min 31 )
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