The Deepest Breath

The Deepest Breath


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Alessia prepares for the deepest dive of her career

Alessia Zecchini is a professional free diver from Italy intent on setting a new world record. As she prepares for a daring dive into the Red Sea’s Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt, she meets a fellow free diver, Stephen Keenan, with whom she forges a deep bond. Together they train her, with Stephen acting as her safety diver, for the most ambitious dive of her career. 

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Independent production company A24 releases its first documentary with The Deepest Breath

The Deepest Breath is a documentary film produced by A24, in collaboration with Motive Films, Ventureland, and RAW for a Netflix release. Irish filmmaker Laura McGann (Revolutions) directs the feature, and composer Nainita Desai creates the score, after previously composing for 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible and the critically acclaimed documentary For Sama.

The film features the professional Italian free driver Alessia Zecchini, and the Irish safety diver Stephen Keenan. Free diving is a dangerous but thrilling sport that involves deep diving without any scuba gear or oxygen tanks. In the documentary, Alessia’s goal is to descend into the Blue Hole in Egypt. 

Production News

  • 2022-12-08
    • A24 confirm that The Deepest Breath has been in the works, and that it will premier at the Sundance festival. Netflix confirm they have acquired the streaming rights. (Source: Variety)
  • 2023-01-18
    • The Deepest Breath is included in Netflix’s 2023 yearly slate. (Source: Netflix)
  • 2023-01-22
    • The film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. (Source: Sundance)


JustWatch Rating 83%
IMDB 7.7 (10k)


Documentary, Sport


1h 48min

Age rating


Production country

United States, Ireland, United Kingdom


David Attenborough
Self (archive footage)
Natalya Molchanova
Self (archive footage)