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Netflix acquires Laura McGann's Sundance-bound freediving documentary The Deepest Breath
12 Dec 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Laura McGann's The Deepest Breath.
Netflix has acquired the rights to Irish director Laura McGann’s upcoming feature documentary The Deepest Breath, which will have its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in January.

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 documentary follows a champion freediver as they train to break a world record with the help of an expert safety diver, and 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.

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

“The setting and emotional power of this story is what initially drew me into wanting to make this documentary,” said the director. “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.”

The film is produced by John Battsek, Sarah Thomson, and Irish producer Jamie D’Alton and Anne McLoughlin Motive Films (Notorious). Bart Layton and A24 feature as executive producers.

Based in Dublin, Motive Films is one of Ireland’s leading documentary and factual entertainment companies. For the past ten years, the company have produced creative, hard hitting, and 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. Motive is also known for RTÉ productions DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland and Ultimate Hell Week.

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 MinariMoonlightLady BirdMidsommarAmyUncut 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.

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.

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).

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.

Netflix will release The Deepest Breath on their platform in 2023.

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