An inspirational biopic is being made for Netflix that tells the story of Jessica Watson who, at the age of 16, became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. It took her 210 days and on arrival back in Sydney she was greeted by the Prime Minister who declared her an Australian hero. In a simple speech that won admiration across Australia and around the world, she responded that she disagreed with him, and that she didn’t consider herself a hero—just an ‘ordinary person, who had a dream, worked hard at it and proved that anything really is possible’.
Watson, who will consult on the biopic, also self-filmed a documentary, 210 Days, while at sea, which is narrated by Sir Richard Branson. She was named Young Australian of the Year in 2011 and received an OAM (Order of Australian Medal) in 2012 for service to sailing and as a role model for young Australians.
It’s quite humbling to have Netflix bring my story to life. I hope that the film inspires people around the world to try sailing and to also pursue their own adventures. I’m thrilled that it will be directed by Sarah Spillane (“Around the Block”, “This Life”) and supported by such a strong production team.
– Jessica Watson OAM