Breath draws good reviews

The feature film Breath, shot on location in the Great Southern in early 2016, had its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday 10 September. Australian actor Simon Baker, star of The Mentalist, directed and starred in the movie of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel.

Simon Baker is pictured with Ben Spence and Samson Coulter on location for the filming of Breath. Photo by Nic Duncan.

Solid reviews followed the launch, providing publicity in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Inside Film and Screen Daily, among others. Reviews focused on Simon Baker’s successful debut as a feature film director, commenting on the considered pace of the film, thoughtful treatment of the story, and noteworthy performances from new actors Samson Coulter and Ben Spence.

Reviewers also commented positively on the settings shot in the film. Some reviews predicted significant attention for Breath in Australia and internationally. An Australian release is scheduled for Thursday 3 May 2018.

The GSDC secured $1.5 million of State Government funding that helped to clinch the decision to shoot Breath on the south coast. Breath is the story of two teenage surfers, Pikelet and Loonie, growing up in a small town called Sawyer, which is considered to be based on the town of Denmark.

The teenagers are befriended by an older surfer, Sando, who leads them to take risks and meet challenges that change their lives.

Alongside Simon Baker in the role of Sando, Breath features Elizabeth Debicki as Sando’s wife Eva, Samson Coulter as Pikelet and Ben Spence as Loonie, with Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake as Pikelet’s parents.

Breath was adapted for the screen by Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake), Tim Winton and Baker, who also co-produced with Oscar and Emmy Award–winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) for Gran Via Productions and Jamie Hilton (The Little Death) for See Pictures.

Photo: Simon Baker is pictured with Ben Spence and Samson Coulter on location for the filming of Breath. Photo by Nic Duncan.

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