We were joined on the Popternative show by actor Teagan Croft, Australian sailor Jessica Watson, and director Sarah Spillane to discuss the biopic True Spirit which is out today on Netflix. The film depicts the true story of Jessica Watson who in 1999 became the youngest person to sail around the world alone, nonstop, and unassisted. The cast also includes Cliff Curtis, Bridget Webb, Vivien Turner, Stacy Clausen, Todd Lasance, with Josh Lawson, and Anna Paquin.

(L-R) Teagan Croft and Jessica Watson on the set of True Spirit. Photo by: Julian Panetta/Netflix

True Spirit Synopsis
When the tenacious young sailor Jessica Watson (Teagan Croft) sets out to be the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world, many expect her to fail. With the support of her sailing coach and mentor Ben Bryant (Cliff Curtis) and her parents (Josh Lawson and Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), Jessica is determined to accomplish what was thought to be impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of ocean over the course of 210 days.

(L-R) Teagan Croft and director/writer Sarah Spillane on the set of True Spirit. Photo by: Julian Panetta/Netflix

In our interviews, Teagan talks about what it took to bring Jessica’s incredible true story to life on screen, Jessica shares the first conversations she had with Teagan, and Sarah discusses the process of adapting Jessica’s story and book to the screen for Netflix.

Watch the interviews below.

True Spirit is streaming on Netflix.

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