Simon Baker has made his directorial debut adapting Tim Winton’s acclaimed 1970’s coming of age novel ‘Breath’. The film follows two teenage surfers pushed to the limit by a charismatic former pro big-wave pioneer named Sando (played by Baker). Under Sando’s guidance, Pikelet and Loonie quickly progress from coolites to fibreglass boards and from the beach breaks of Western Australia to a frightening reef break over a kilometre out to sea.
“I’m stoked that Simon and his crew let Rip Curl come along for the ride and support the film. We are super proud of the outcome.” - Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl's Marketing Chairman.
At its heart, ‘Breath’ tackles teenage rebellion and a need to escape a safe suburban upbringing - surfing and the ocean providing an outlet to reject all that is predictable and safe, embracing the different and unknown. “The film stays true to how life based around the ocean developed for surfers in the 70’s,” says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Marketing Chairman. “I’m stoked that Simon and his crew let Rip Curl come along for the ride and support the film. We are super proud of the outcome.”
‘Breath’ hits selected cinemas across Australia May 3rd.