Screening of MAIDEN plus Q&A with Alex Holmes


Join us for a special schools' screening of the brilliant British documentary film MAIDEN with a very special guests. Director Alex Holmes will be at the event to talk about his experiences and answer questions from the audience.

MAIDEN (12A) plus Q&A

Stratford Picturehouse, Fri 11 October at 10.30am


Director: Alex Holmes. UK. 2018. 97 mins. 

MAIDEN tells the story of Tracy Edwards, who at 24-year became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. In the face of sexism from fellow competitors, sponsors and the press, and the challenges of navigating dangerous conditions while sailing around the world, she and her crew went on to shock the sporting world and prove that women are the equal of men. 
MAIDEN tells the story of Tracy Edwards, who at 24-year became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

In the face of rampant sexism from fellow competitors, sponsors and the press, and the challenges of navigating dangerous conditions while sailing around the world, she and her crew went on to shock the sporting world by winning two legs of the race, and Edwards became the first woman in Whitbread history to be named Yachtsman of the Year.

Before the film, Chloe Abrahams, Marketing Coordinator at Dogwoof, the UK's leading distributor of documentary feature films, will talk about the role of distribution companies within the film industry,  the acquisition, distribution and marketing process, and discuss what makes the theatrical distribution  of documentaries different to that of other feature length films.

After the film, the director, Alex Holmes, will both be in attendance to give a talk about their experiences entering the race and making the film, and answer questions from students. Alex will also give you some insight into Tracy's life after the race; she has since launched the Maiden Factor Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and funding for girls’ education, in part by sailing a similarly grueling course that made the vessel and its crew famous, with a new crew of inspirational women.

Suitability: Year 6, KS3, KS4 | Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship, PE, Film Studies, Media Studies
Event length: approx 125 mins (inc. post film Q&A)
Price: £4.50 per student. Free for accompanying staff (1:10 ratio).
Booking Deadline: Wed 22 May


The film has been classified a 12A by the BBFC (the British Board of Film Classification) for infrequent strong language and references to sexism. Children under the age of 12 are permitted to attend as they will be accompanied by adults responsible for their care, but if you wish to discuss the suitability of the film for your students, please email leah.b@picturehouses.co.uk and we will provide further advice.