Breath Feature Film

Simon Baker, Ben Spence and Samson Coulter in Breath.Simon Baker’s film of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel Breath, shot on location in Denmark, has opened in cinemas around Australia and is receiving enthusiastic reviews.

Breath premiered in Albany on Saturday 21 April at a gala event featuring Simon Baker, Tim Winton, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence. A capacity crowd welcomed the film and gave it resounding applause.

Funding secured through the GSDC helped to clinch the decision to produce Breath in the Great Southern. Baker, who stars in The Mentalist, plays the lead role and is the film's director.

Breath is supported by $1.5 million in State Government funding through the GSDC and $800,000 through Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Breath is the story of two teenage surfers, Pikelet (Coulter) and Loonie (Spence), growing up in a small south coast town called Sawyer. The teenagers are befriended by an older surfer, Sando (Baker), who leads them to take risks and meet challenges that change their lives.

Much of the filming took place in Denmark, a choice that was supported by Tim Winton, who said regional audiences would recognise the local landscape in the film. “The film’s showing … a pure, pristine, living and natural world that people can come to and live in and get nurture and sustenance from. If it interests people that there’s this incredible place at this end of the planet and that helps the region, I couldn’t be happier.”

Breath won the 2009 Miles Franklin Award (Winton’s fourth) and the 2008 Age Book of the Year. 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 by Nic Duncan.

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