Simon Baker to film Tim Winton’s Breath in Denmark, WA

Simon Baker Breath Cinema Australia

A $2.3 million investment by the State Government has secured Denmark as the location to film the movie adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling and award-winning novel, Breath.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was an opportunity that could not be missed and the State would reap the benefits of Breath being filmed in the beautiful Great Southern.

“This State has an experienced screen industry and the international spotlight will well and truly be focused on them with Hollywood actor Simon Baker choosing Western Australia to make his feature film directorial debut,” Mr Day said.

“The majority of the key production creative and 100 crew will be West Australian. In addition,150 Great Southern locals will be employed as actors, extras and surfing doubles.

“ScreenWest and the Great Southern Development Commission have worked closely with the film’s producers to sell the State’s attributes as a premier filming destination. I am thrilled that this iconic West Australian story will be filmed here.”

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the production would directly generate around $4.3 million, with further economic benefits expected to flow to the local community.

Breath will create local jobs, directly benefit the local economy and showcase the Great Southern to the world,” Mr Redman said.

“As a Denmark local, I’m excited about the level of international exposure this production will provide and the opportunities it will create – not only for Denmark and the Great Southern, but the entire State.

“I am pleased to see the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program assisting regional communities to capitalise and expand on their social and economic opportunities.”

Breath focuses on the lives of two teenage thrill-seeking boys. Hungry for discovery they form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer, Sando (Baker) and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.

Mr Baker will star in and direct the film alongside Oscar and Emmy-winning United States producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook, Rain Man), and Australian producer Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City, Backtrack).

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  1. Hi, am i too late to apply for an audition?? i tried sending in my resume through a different casting agency which apparently was helping out with the casting, but within seconds my email was automatically deleted. So am i now too late??

  2. I loved “Breath” the book and the film. Those mesmerising waves, pristine remote beaches and perfect casting, it’s a winner.

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