Breath (2017 film)
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|Directed by||Simon Baker|
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|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||Dany Cooper|
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Breath is a 2017 film adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton's novel Breath. It premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2017 Zurich Film Festival, and was released on 1 June 2018 by FilmRise.
The film is set in the 1970s and two teenage boys form a connection with an older surfer. The boys Pikelet and Loonie have grown up in a small town and through surfing met up with Sando, who challenges them to take greater and more dangerous risks.
- Simon Baker as Sando
- Elizabeth Debicki as Eva
- Samson Coulter as Pikelet
- Ben Spence as Loonie
- Richard Roxburgh as Mr Pike
- Rachael Blake as Mrs Pike
The film is the directorial debut of Simon Baker, who also acted in the film and produced it with Mark Johnson and Australian Jamie Hilton. Johnson met Tim Winton in America where he was on a book tour and obtained an option on the book. Winton wrote the first screenplay with the final script by Gerard Lee, Baker and Winton  Financing was provided by "the Australian art councils and... from Screen Australia to ScreenWest", Great Southern Development Commission and Autumn Productions. The West Australian State Government contributed $2.3 million dollars in a bid to promote Western Australia as a premier filming location.
Producer Mark Johnson said, "It's got universal themes—about being desperately afraid that you're ordinary, about being afraid as a young man that there's nothing exceptional about you—and I think that has great application in a universal way, but this is also a specifically Western Australian story". Simon Baker's view is that, "Tim's book viscerally captures the restless curiosity and yearning for identity that often defines our coming of age".
The Western Australian coastal town of Denmark, part of the Great Southern region, is the location for filming. For Tim Winton this was an ideal location, "The Great Southern region has had an enormous impact on my life and work so I'm very pleased this film is being shot on the beaches and streets and forests that inspired the book".
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 77%, based on 44 reviews, and an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters — but has surprising depth below the surface." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". James Brotheridge from Exclaim! praised the film's themes of risk and reward, saying, "The questions of Breath are crucial: of juggling risk and adventure with cost and reward, in surfing and love and life. The moments of unspoken observation tell the story much better than when the points are trumpeted loudly."
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