Deep Water

Deep Water (2006) is one of the finest documentaries I’ve seen. It narrates the story of Donald Crowhurst, the unlikely competitor in the 1968-1969 UK Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to circumnavigate the world solo and non-stop. It’s a bizarre and tragic story, told with exactly the right tone. The interviewers expertly bring out insights from many of the key players. The intercutting of these interviews with archival footage and graphics is amazing. I felt I was with Crowhurst on that vast ocean in his terrible existential predicament. It’s inspiring to see such great biographical storytelling. The film can be seen on ABC Iview for another couple of weeks.

About Nathan Hobby

Biographer of the great Australian writer, Katharine Susannah Prichard. Honorary research fellow at University of Western Australia; academic librarian. Writing creative non-fiction and reflections on books, biography, literature, and history. View all posts by Nathan Hobby

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