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Netflix Acquires Captivating Freediving Documentary ’The Deepest Breath’


The film, which was produced by A24, Motive Films, Ventureland and Raw, will have its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

  • Netflix has collaborated with A24, Motive Films, Ventureland and Raw on this gripping look at the undeniable connection forged between two athletes as they navigate the vigorous and competitive world of freediving. The Deepest Breath will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023.

  • Logline: A champion freediver trains to break a world record with the help of an expert safety diver, and the two form an emotional bond that feels like fate. This heart-stopping film follows the paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world, documenting the thrilling rewards – and inescapable risks – of chasing a dream through the silent depths of the ocean.

  • Directed by Laura McGann. Laura is a documentary filmmaker from Ireland. She started making films and producing theater when she was 15 years old and went on to study film in Ballyfermot, Dublin before getting her masters at Hope University, Liverpool. She has worked in Ireland and abroad shooting and directing numerous documentary projects for RTE, SKY, PBS, BBC, Lonely Planet and UTV.

  • Quote from Director Laura McGann: “The setting and emotional power of this story is what initially drew me into wanting to make this documentary. Filming around the world and with the remarkable subjects at the heart of The Deepest Breath has been the most inspirational and rewarding experience of my career. The entire team is delighted to be partnering with Netflix to share what we believe is a fitting tribute to the exceptional world of freediving and the fearless athletes in our film.”

  • Produced by John Battsek, Sarah Thomson, Jamie D’Alton and Anne McLoughlin.

  • Executive Producedby Bart Layton and A24.

  • Netflix has previously collaborated with producer John Battsek and Ventureland on the documentary series FIFA Uncovered, the Emmy® Award-winning documentary film Rising Phoenix, and the upcoming untitled David Beckham docu-series.

  • About A24: A24 is the global entertainment company behind the Emmy-winning series Euphoria starring Zendaya, Golden Globe winning series Ramy, and such award winning films as Minari, Moonlight, Lady Bird, Midsommar, Amy, Uncut Gems and Everything Everywhere All At Once. A24 documentaries include the award-winning Val on iconic actor Val Kilmer, the critically acclaimed award-winning Amy, on singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, and Emmy Award-nominated design docuseries Home, with upcoming documentary films about Steve Martin and Underrated with Steph Curry.

  • About Motive Films: Motive Films is one of Ireland’s most prolific documentary and factual entertainment companies. For the past ten years the company have produced creative, hard hitting & socially aware films for both domestic and international audiences including the critically acclaimed Between Land & Sea,I Am Immigrant and Conor McGregor – Notorious, the highest grossing Irish documentary of all time. Based in Dublin, Motive continues to collaborate with leading filmmakers and content platforms to produce exceptional, thought provoking film and television.

  • About Ventureland: Ventureland is an independent creative studio that specializes in developing original entertainment properties and collaborates with acclaimed filmmakers and the world’s top studios. Founded by multi award-winning producer John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) and PRETTYBIRD partners Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown, and Paul Hunter, highlights include The Rescue (National Geographic), Rising Phoenix (Netflix), and If These Walls Could Sing (Disney). Upcoming projects include Bobi Wine: The People’s President (National Geographic), The Deepest Breath (Netflix), and the untitled David Beckham docu-series directed by Academy Award-winner Fisher Stevens for Netflix.

  • About RAW: London based film and television company RAW is the global producer of premium documentaries and docu-series including the recent Netflix hits The Tinder Swindler, The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman and Don’t F\*\*K With Cats, as well as the award-winning feature films Three Identical Strangers, American Animals and The Imposter. RAW, an All3Media company, produces Discovery’s highest-rated show Gold Rush; for CNN, RAW has also recently produced the Emmy winning series Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy. RAW’s most recent U.K. TV credits include the award-winning BBC documentaries Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism, as well as the long running ITV series Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. 2021 marked RAW’s 20th anniversary, as well as the release of its feature films Dream Horse (starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis) and Encounter (starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer).

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