Australian coming-of-age drama has begun filming; Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh among those to join cast.


Filming has begun this week in Australia on Simon Baker’s feature film directorial debut, Breath, based on Tim Winton’s coming-of-age novel.

Baker, star of TV drama The Mentalist and features including The Devil Wears Prada, will be joined in the cast by Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty).

Set in mid-70s coastal Australia, Breath follows two teenage boys that form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play teenagers Pikelet and Loonie respectively, while Roxburgh and Blake are Mr and Mrs Pike. Debicki is Eva and as previously announced, Baker will play Sando.

“Tim’s book viscerally captures the restless curiosity and yearning for identity that often defines our coming of age,” said Baker. “I am thrilled with the cast and crew we have assembled to bring this story to life.”

Producers are Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook), Simon Baker and See Pictures’ Jamie Hilton.

The film is financed by ScreenAustralia, ScreenWest, Great Southern Development Commission and Autumn Productions.

Executive Producers are Tom Williams, Johnny MacDonald, David Hansen and Laura Rister.

The novel has been adapted for the screen by Tim Winton (The Turning), Peter Duncan (Rake), Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake) and Simon Baker.

Embankment Films is selling international rights, CAA and Untitled are representing North America and Palace Films are distributing the film in Australia and New Zealand.