Array Releasing, the distribution arm of Ava DuVernay’s Peabody Award-winning narrative change collective, will release Thyrone Tommy’s Learn To Swim on Netflix and in select cinemas on August 15th.
Written by Marni Van Dyk and Thyrone Tommy, Learn To Swim dives into the enchanting world of contemporary jazz with a musical meditation on love and loss, following the doggedly private and talented saxophone player Dezi (Thomas Antony Olajide) and a vivacious, but less experienced singer named Selma (Emma Ferreira). When the two meet, sparks fly, but their respective emotional baggage and temperaments make the road to romance bumpy at best.
The film world premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for the DGC Discovery Award at the 2021 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and was included in TIFF’s Annual Top Ten list for 2021. The film also received two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2022, including winning the award for Best Original Song (“And Then We Don’t” by Tika Simone and Casey Manierka-Quaile).
Watch a trailer for Learn To Swim.