Having been an independent filmmaker, it obvious to see that Mr. McLaughlin made great use of his resources. “Of Love & Betrayal” is a drama full of adventure on the high seas with great storytelling. Some of the smallest films are made of the best treasures.
It's difficult to decide whether the acting is worse than the sailing. Perhaps the writer/director read Cliff Notes to sailing and decided to jargonize a mediocre story line.
The sailing scenes are contrived, accidents obvious, intrigue - uh, well there is no intrigue. And, oh yeah, with two women and a handsome care-free male captain aboard, there could have been romance, sex, or at a minimum topless sunbathing. Instead the Captain and his crew appear as prim Pilgrims.
With real actors, a director, and a re-write of the story, this "might" be a good film.