Few films have stirred our emotions quite in the same way that The Mercy did. Telling the true story of Donald Crowhurst, this James Marsh production is a tale about misplaced optimism verging on delusion. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star as the leading duo and to mark the film’s release we had the pleasure of interviewing them both.

We began by asking the affable pair how much they knew of Donald’s story before getting involved in the project, and giving the profound, moving nature of this narrative, we also discussed whether they can be moved by the film in the same way a viewer can, or whether that’s impossible given their involvement.

Then we asked the big question; why did Donald do it? Why did he put everything at risk, to leave behind his wife and children and set sail – putting his own life on the line? Needless to say, this triggered an intriguing response.

Watch the full interview below…


Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst creates an outrageous account of his disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race.

The Mercy is released on February 9th