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I actually saw the film on DVD first. I found it one day more than a year ago while surfing for some information on sailing. It looked interesting, and I have a large DVD collection, so I added one more. But it was much more than I imagined, so good, in fact, that I bought the book, which was even better. I've read and re-read it many times, and I show the DVD to any friends who will sit and watch. I was actually so compelled by it that I sought Martin's email address and began a correspondence with him.
In November of 2004, had the opportunity to travel to Australia and Papua New Guinea to meet Jesse and all of his family. They are, each and every one, the nicest people I've ever met. My assessment of Jesse is that while he may have peers, there is no finer person on the planet! That may sound pompous or even ridiculous, but I stand by the remark emphatically.
Everyone, young or old, should read Jesse's book, see his video, and watch for more coming in the future. "Lionheart" is by no means Jese's first or last adventure. I've read a draft of his upcoming book, which is yet another winner. He's so down-to-earth and real, I think he's unable to write a clunker! They're all great... I've ordered copies to donate to my local library!
This is a remarkable story of the strength of the human spirit. Highly recommended.
I don't know if it is the director's or Jesse's fault but there are far too many shots of Jesse looking and talking straight into the camera and too few shots of actual sailing and I found the whole thing very frustrating. In the beginning, you see short scenes of Jesse sailing his boat alternating with scenes shot in a huge discotheque and the latter is not what you want to see in a movie about sailing.
At another time, he raves on how the sea looks great around him instead of actually filming the sea! I found this infuriating!
There are a few great scenes, for example when he struggles with his mainsail in a storm but these scenes are few and far between.
Also, what is missing is a map of his voyage.
If you want to see really good sailing dvds, watch "Moitessier, itinéraire d'un marin de légende" avalable on amazon.fr but it is in French and "Le voyage de Damien" also available on amazon.fr (in this one you can choose to view the movie in English).
He used to read books about Kaye Cottee, and he sailed with his father Kon and his brother Beau to the tip of Cape York in Australia, I think it was later on in that year. He was always quiet, good at basketball. You knew he would do great things. That was 10 years ago. And he still follows his dreams. I haven't seen him for years, but I'm still a great fan of his. This documentary is amazing. It taught me a lot about the will to soldier on. His strength is phenomenal. His character is 10 times bigger than he is physically.
I really strongly recommend that you watch this. And learn about a guy, that I know (knew maybe), just a regular person, doing extraordinary things, inspiring others to dream, to succeed.
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Very nice dvd...This is a true story with lots of action and adventure. Love it!Published 4 months ago by Sylvia B
I am rating this DVD low because I just received it and have not had time to view it.
I look forward to what I hope will be both an adventure and an educational... Read more
it was good for a young girl alone on the ocean. would have liked to see more pics fo her and the boat.Published on May 31, 2013 by woody