Sarah Spillane has directed the Australian biopic movie ‘True Spirit’ which is based on the true story of Australian sailor Jessica Watson.
Watson set out for a solo circumnavigation at the age of sixteen. She departed from Sydney on October 18, 2009, and headed northeast to cross the equator in the Pacific Ocean. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean and returned to Sydney the next year on 15th May which was three days before her seventeenth birthday.
But according to the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the voyage was shorter than what was required to be considered a global circumnavigation.
But her exceptional attempt was recognized and she was named the Young Australian of the Year in 2011. The next year Watson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
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When Has ‘True Spirit’ Been Released on Netflix?
The announcement of a feature film adapted from the same named memoir of Watson was done by Netflix on July 16, 2020. Australian filmmaker Sarah Spillane was also announced to be directing the film at that time.
Filming of the movie took place in August of 2021, although the pandemic of Covid-19 affected the production.
Netflix released the official trailer for ‘True Spirit’ on 9th January this year. Netflix released the movie in selected theatres in Australia on 26th January due to its policy of releasing some of the larger titles for a limited cinematic run. Globally the film was made available on 3rd February to be streamed on Netflix.
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About the Primary Cast Members of ‘True Spirit’ on Netflix:
Australian actress Teagan Croft portrayed the protagonist Jessica Watson in the movie. She is mostly known for her portrayal of DC Comics character superheroine Rachel Roth aka Raven in the DC Universe American superhero tv series ‘Titans‘ since 2018.
She also portrayed Bella Loneragan in the Australian tv soap opera ‘Home and Away’ as a recurring character in 2016.
The same year she also played Indi Sommerville in the Australian sci-fi movie ‘The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One’. In 2014 Croft played Scout Finch in a theatrical production of Tony Morrison’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has been cast as Ben Bryant in the movie. Some of his many film credits include ‘Once Were Warriors’, ‘Training Day’, ‘Three Kings’, ‘Whale Rider’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Collateral Damage’, ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, ‘Doctor Sleep’, ‘The Dark Horse’, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water‘ etc.
From 2009 to 2010 Curtis played Reuben ‘Rabbit’ Palchuk in the American medical drama series ‘Trauma’. Travis Manawa, starred in the American post-apocalyptic horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead’ from 2015 to 2017.
Curtis also appeared in the series ‘City Life’, ‘Traffic’, ‘Missing’, ‘Gang Related, etc. He is also set to star in the upcoming historical limited series ‘Chief of War’ as Keōua.
As Jessica’s mother Julie Watson, New Zealand actress and Academy Award winner Anna Paquin starred in the movie.
Paquin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Flora McGrath in the 1993 period romantic drama ‘The Piano’ at the age of eleven which made her the second youngest winner in Oscar history, the youngest being Tatum O’Neal.
Her other acclaimed film credits include ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’, ‘The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler’, ‘Almost Famous’, ‘The Irishman‘, ‘Fly Away Home’, ‘The Squid and the Whale’, ‘X-Men‘, ‘X2’, ‘A Walk on the Moon’, ‘Margaret’, ‘Hurlyburly’ etc.
From 2008 to 2014 Paquin starred in the role of Sookie Stackhouse in the American fantasy horror drama series ‘True Blood’. In the British dramedy series ‘Flack’ she played Robyn while also serving as executive producer.
As Mary Ann Broberg, Paquin starred in the miniseries ‘A Friend of the Family’ in 2022. Her other television credits include ‘Susanna’, ‘Bellevue’, ‘Alias Grace’, and ‘The Affair’.
As Jessica’s father Roger Watson, Australian actor and filmmaker Josh Lawson has been cast in the movie. Some of his most important film credits are ‘The Little Death’, ‘The Eleven O’Clock’, ‘Bombshell’, ‘Holly Slept Over’, ‘Long Story Short’, ‘Mortal Kombat’ etc.
Lawson is mostly known for his role as Doug Guggenheim in the American comedy-drama series ‘House of Lies’ in which he starred from 2012 to 2016.
He also starred in the Australian tv series ‘TwentyfourSeven’, ‘Sea Patrol’, ‘The Librarians, ‘Chandon Pictures’, the American sitcom ‘Romantically Challenged’, ‘Superstore’, and the Australian miniseries ‘Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story’.
Other cast members of the film are Bridget Webb playing Emily Watson, Vivien Turner playing Hannah Watson, Stacy Clausen playing Tom Watson, Todd Lasance playing Craig Atherton, etc.