Colin Firth film puts Teignmouth on the map

The Devon seaside town of Teignmouth is expecting a  ‘dramatic’ influx of visitors this year, thanks to the release of a major film starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Based on the story of Donald Crowhurst, who attempted to win the Golden Globe Yacht Race in 1968-9, The Mercy tells the story of how he fooled the world into believing he was winning the 30,000-mile race around the world.

Set against the backdrop of the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth – from where Crowhurst set sail in his trimaran – the film showcases the scenery of the local area and the South Devon coast.

Local tourist board Visit South Devon said that interest in Teignmouth and the film has been growing over the past year.

Stephanie Cherrett, strategy manager for Visit South Devon, said: “The trailer for the film shows off Teignmouth in all its glory; from the Grand Pier to its stunning beaches and charming Regency sea front.

“Having already seen a significant interest in the town since the film was shot in the summer of 2015, following the release of the film (on February 9), we expect a dramatic rise in visitor numbers to the local area, particularly among set-jetters interested in discovering Teignmouth and the surrounding area for themselves.”

Known as the ‘Gem of South Devon’, Teignmouth has an arts quarter, the oldest foot ferry in England, and water sports activities ranging from sailing to kayaking and water-skiing.

Pictured: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz as Donald and Clare Crowhurst in The Mercy.