CROWHURST - Official movie trailer

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

Robin, Colin & Rachel

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

"THe MERCY" Interview

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on the harrowing true story behind The Mercy

CROWHURST the director's view

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

Why Canal+ are releasing 2 films on the same subject

The Mercy


"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.

Danny Perkins

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.

However with 

"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,” 



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.

He says  

“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 ( 2min 23 )

Deep Water ( 2006 ) The original trailer from the documentary that inspired both films

DEEP WATER ( 2006 )

Deep Water 

The FULL documentary 

( 1 Hour 33min 31 )