TIFF 2019 selection
TAMMY’S ALWAYS DYING
to be released on Digital and On Demand on May 1st
Amy Jo Johnson’s dramedy “TAMMY’S ALWAYS DYING” starring Felicity Huffman, will be released by Aqute Media for rental and purchase On Demand and Digital across Canada on May 1, 2020. It will be available on the following Canadian platforms: Rogers, Bell, Telus, Shaw, Sasktel, Cogeco, iTunes, Sony Playstation, MTS, Microsoft Video and Google Sony.
The film is directed by Amy Jo Johnson and also stars Anastasia Phillips (Reign), Clark Johnson (Bosch), Lauren Holly (Designated Survivor), Aaron Ashmore (Locke & Key), and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black). The film is produced by Jessica Adams and Harry Cherniak, who previously teamed up on Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfuss.
“Tammy’s Always Dying,” recently premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and is a dark comedy based on a script by Joanne Sarazen. Huffman portrays Tammy, a charismatic, yet self-destructive mother to 35-year-old Catherine, played by Phillips, whose role as a caregiver changes when Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Catherine eventually recruits a talk show agent to help profit from her mother’s miserable life story. But as Tammy’s death becomes her daughter’s only way out, one problem stands in her way: Tammy just won’t die.
Amy Jo Johnson
Every month, when the welfare money runs out, 35 year-old Catherine has to talk her self-destructive mother off the ledge of the same bridge…literally. This routine has gone on for so long that it’s the only thing Cathy feels she’s good at. And its Tammy’s selfish way of keeping hold of her daughter.
When Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer and the possibility of life without her becomes very real, so does Cathy’s repressed desire to leave her small town. Does she stay and trust the woman who has always let her down, or does she find the courage to live her own life? And will she ever be able to forgive herself?