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Watch the trailer for 'Adrift,' starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.
15 Mar 2018 - 11:21 AM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2018 - 12:12 PM

"Adrift" is based on the true story of two avid sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) didn't know they'd 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.

The film was directed by Baltasar Kormakur from a screenplay by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, and David Branson Smith, based on the book "Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea" by Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart. 

In real life and the book, Tami never Richard again after the storm.

The pair were delivering a 44-foot yacht, Hazana, from Tahiti to San Diego in 1983 when the storm hit. Tami navigated manually using a sextant and watch, survived on peanut butter and canned food, and sailed 1,500 miles in 41 days to reach safety in Hilo, Hawaii. She self-published the book in 1998.

Adrift is out in Australian cinemas 28 June. 

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