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Adaptation of Breath Tim Winton , 2008 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Breath
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'Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely bond with a reclusive surfer and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.'

Source: Screen Australia.

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Works about this Work

Breath Interview: Simon Baker, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence Travis Johnson (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: FilmInk , 6 May 2018;
WA Town of Denmark Hopes for Global Tourism Boost from New Movie Breath Benjamin Gubana , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , April 2018;

'A small town on Western Australia's rugged south coast is hoping to ride a wave of publicity brought on by the release of Australian actor and director Simon Baker's new film, Breath.' 

Breath Review : Simon Baker's Directorial Debut Is a Nostalgic Tribute to Surf Culture but Has Rare Moments That Shine Jason Di Russo , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2018;

'Perhaps some books aren't meant to be adapted for the screen. Or at least not on your first attempt as a feature director.' 

Confronting Fear on the Cusp of Manhood Tim Kroenert , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 6 May vol. 28 no. 9 2018;

'Surfing is a sport that can be all but inscrutable to the outsider. One of the remarkable achievements of Tim Winton's 2012 novel Breath was that, as a work of popular fiction, it so effectively brought the reader into not only the sport, but the lifestyle and psychology of surfing.'  (Introduction)

[Review Essay] Breath Brian McFarlane , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2018; Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 60)

'In Simon Baker’s film, there is a visually stunning moment – one among many – of a giant curving wave on the verge of breaking that recalls the Japanese artist Hokusai’s famous ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’. What these two images share is the sense of rapturous beauty that doesn’t underestimate the challenge it offers. It seems appropriate to start on this note as the cinematography (the work of Marden Dean and Rick Rifici) creates from the outset the centrality of the surf to the film, as indeed it is in Tim Winton’s 2008 novel.'  (Introduction)

How Hollywood Took a Deep Breath Garry Maddox , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 March 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Breath Gerard Lee , Tim Winton , Simon Baker , 2016 single work film/TV

Production preview.

'When a top film producer read Tim Winton's novel the attraction was instant, writes Garry Maddox. Hollywood producer Mark Johnson, who won an Oscar for Rain Man and two Emmys for Breaking Bad, was shooting a Katie Holmes horror movie in Melbourne when he saw a passing ad for Tim Winton's novel Breath. Seven years on, the filmmaker whose impressive credits also include Good Morning Vietnam, The Notebook, The Chronicles of Narnia movies and Better Call Saul, is about to produce a film version of the widely admired novel with Simon Baker as director...' (Garry Maddox).

Exclusive: First Look at the Trailer for Simon Baker's Film Adaptation of Tim Winton's Breath Stephanie Honor Convery , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 3 December 2017;

— Review of Breath Gerard Lee , Tim Winton , Simon Baker , 2016 single work film/TV

'Winton’s award-winning coming of age novel had a ‘profound effect’ on Baker, who translated it for the big screen in his directorial debut.' (Introduction)

Tez Gets a Bit Sinister Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 14 May 2015; (p. 25)
Mentalist Star Takes Some Hometown Air Andrew Hornery , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30-31 May 2015; (p. 21)
A New Wave Amanda Hooton , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 July 2015; (p. 6)
'Simon Baker’s star status in Hollywood has taken a back seat to a new Australian-based project that seems as natural as sunbleached hair and sand between the toes.'
Roxburgh, Debicki Join Cast of Breath Adaptation Garry Maddox , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 April 2016; (p. 16)
Baker in Director Debut for Winton’s Breath Michael Bodey , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 April 2016; (p. 15)
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