Last updated on Jul 30th, 2018 at 03:24 pm
Starring Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films), Adrift is a movie based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego
Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins.
With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. This film is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.
True story of perseverance
Adrift began with Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s incredible true story of perseverance, grit, tragedy and, ultimately, the sustaining, healing power of love. She chronicled the harrowing events of her 41-day journey from shipwreck to safety in her book, Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. The title is a rueful riff on the adage, ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning’.
Ashcraft wrote her book ten years after the event, with co-writer, Susea McGearhart, and it took her four years to complete. Two of the book’s many fans were twin brother screenwriters, Aaron and Jordan Kandell who discovered it when researching another seafaring story idea.
“We found Tami’s story when we were writing a fictional film about survival at sea. We took a very journalistic approach to the research and very quickly came upon Tami’s story,” said the Kandell brothers.
“We stayed up all night reading it. It is such a powerful, emotional story, we instantly knew we had to tell it. We realised her amazing true story was better than anything we could have invented.”
Adrift will be released in cinemas on 27 JULY.