Simon Baker’s feature film directing debut, Breath, was filmed on location in Denmark in 2016. It is based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international best-selling novel.
Breath had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and drew solid reviews. Praise for the film focused on Mr Baker’s successful debut as a feature film director, on the attractions of the location and on the performances of acting newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence. Breath is due for cinema release in Australia on 3 May 2018.
Mr Baker (The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada, Margin Call) stars as Sando. Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) plays Sando’s partner Eva. Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, The Turning, Mission: Impossible II) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Rake, Truth) play the parents of one of the teens at the core of the story.
Coulter and Spence play Pikelet and Loonie, the young surfers who form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older surfer who pushes them to take risks which will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
Producers are Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Notebook, Rain Man, Chronicles of Narnia), Simon Baker and See Pictures’ Jamie Hilton (Little Death, Backtrack).
Investment support from the Western Australian State Government through the Great Southern Development Commission and ScreenWest helped to secure production of Breath in the south coast town Denmark, the inspiration for the setting in the novel.
The shooting draft of Winton's novel was adapted for the screen by Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake) and Simon Baker. Production Designer is Steven Jones-Evans (The Railway Man, The Daughter), Marden Dean (The Infinite Man, Fell) cinematographer; Costume Designer is Terri Lamera (Son of A Gun, Looking For Grace), Editor is Dany Cooper (Candy, The Sapphires) and Make Up & Hair is Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge).
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