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Lionheart: The Jesse Martin Story (1999)

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The journey of 17-year-old Jesse Martin who became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. It tells the story of the previous trips to PNG and ... See full summary »


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The journey of 17-year-old Jesse Martin who became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. It tells the story of the previous trips to PNG and Tahiti and the preparation for the big one around the world. The events which happened on board, his lifestyle and some of the scary moments that occurred out at sea. A story of courage, loneliness and danger, it is also an incredible, gripping, true-life adventure. Written by

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Sorry, I didn't care for this
22 November 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For those who don't know who this young man is, I'll remind you. He is the youngest person to circumnavigate (sail) the world, without any stops and without any help. Though what many Australian year 12 HSC students know is the book "lionheart", is required reading for the HSC English paper.

After reading the book, my opinion of this man changed. From being an inspiring young human being, to an over confident, cocky and somewhat selfish person. But none the less, inspiring human being. This documentary, confirmed my beliefs.

Lionheart is put together by parts of Jessie's video camera footage and interviews from himself, his mum, corporate sponsors and the incomprehensible Peter Garret (I don't know what he even had to do with Jessie's adventure). The editing between the two was consistent throughout the documentary and shows the audience the struggle and determination Jessie had throughout his journey.

"Lionheart" starts off with Jessie making an entry into his camera during a vicious storm, with only audio shown. This immediately grabbed my attention. But it quickly faded away. As it just became boring and dull to watch without showing anything I didn't already know about Jessie or how to make a documentary.

Like most documentary we see, you have to have at least have an interest into the subject matter or you just won't really watch it or care what's going on. Someone interested in sailing or this story might idolize the story of Lionheart, but unfortunately, not me.

All in all, if your interested in this amazing story, this documentary is a great starting point for the book. But if your not, don't bother with is documentary. However, if your a HSC student or soon to be one, it only lasts 90 minutes (so it's not all bad) 5/10

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