Simon Baker’s feature film Breath was filmed in Denmark and along the south coast in 2016 and released in 2018. Breath is based on Tim Winton’s novel of the same name, which earned the West Australian author his fourth Miles Franklin Award.
Breath was the start of a flurry of film-making in the region, with two feature films and a television series in production in 2018-19 and set for release in 2019-20:
Rams was shot in Mount Barker, and starred Sam Neill, Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson. Based on an Icelandic film, it is the story of estranged brothers who must reconnect when their sheep flocks face a common threat.
H is for Happiness, featuring Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth and Miriam Margolies, was shot in and around Albany. It is the story of a young girl determined to save her dysfunctional family.
Itch is a ten-part children’s television series, also shot in Albany, which tells an action adventure story of a teenager who discovers a new chemical element, attracting the interest of a sinister organisation.
The Turning was released in 2013. It is an anthology film featuring 18 directors, and is based on Winton’s volume of short stories. Scenes for the film were shot in the Great Southern.
Two series of Lockie Leonard episodes were released for television, screening in 2007 and 2010. Both series were filmed in Albany. The first series was directly based on Winton’s children’s books Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo, Lockie Leonard Scumbuster and Lockie Leonard Legend. The second series was developed as a follow-on.
(Photo courtesy Breath Films)
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