Following his Academy Award® winning film, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, THE KING’S SPEECH, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, THE RAILWAY MAN), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Academy Award ® winner Rachel Weisz, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, THE LOBSTER) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
Co-starring David Thewlis (ANOMALISA, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, THE HOBBIT), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, IN BRUGES), the story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.
“I am going because I would have no peace if I stayed.” Donald Crowhurst
Produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent through Blueprint Pictures and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee, the project was developed with Christine Langan from BBC Films and STUDIOCANAL.
THE MERCY opens in cinemas March 8.