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