85 minutes – Dark Comedy
Festival release date: September 2019 (TIFF, Toronto)
Release date: May 1, 2020
Production companies: JA Productions, Plainspeak Pictures, Prospero Pictures
Canadian distributor: Acute Film Distribution, The Wonderfilm Media Corporation
Tammy’s Always Dying is a dark comedy that follows 35-year-old Catherine (Anastasia Phillips), as she has to talk her charismatic yet self-destructive mother Tammy (Felicity Huffman) off the ledge of the same bridge every month when the welfare money runs out. But when Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Catherine’s role as caregiver intensifies. Growing more and more isolated, Catherine turns to a glamorous agent, who suggests that Catherine sell the only interesting thing about herself – her miserable life story. Caught between an enabling mother-daughter relationship and talk show attention, Catherine begins to view her mother’s death as her only way out. The only problem is, Tammy just won’t die.
Shot on location in Hamilton, Ontario, Tammy’s Always Dying wrapped principal photography in early December 2018. It was selected to have its World Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at TIFF 2019.
Also see: Tammy’s Always Dying on May 1st.