Simon Baker's Directorial Debut 'Breath' Unveils Cast

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Simon Baker, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence in 'Breath'

Production is under way in Western Australia on 'The Mentalist' star's directorial debut.

Elizabeth Debicki and Richard Roxburgh will co-star in Simon Baker’s directorial debut, Breath, which has begun production in the southern Western Australian town of Denmark.

The coming-of-age story, set in 1970s coastal Australia, centers on two teenagers, Pikelet and Loonie, who form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer, Sando. 

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play the lead roles of Pikelet and Loonie, respectively. Roxburgh and Rachael Blake star as parents Mr. and Mrs Pike. Debicki plays Sando’s American wife, Eva. As well as directing, Baker plays Sando.

Tim Winton has adapted the screenplay from his novel with Peter Duncan (Rake), Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake) and Baker.

"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."

Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson, See Pictures’ Jamie Hilton and Baker are producing the project.

"I believe this is a story that’s both uniquely Australian and thematically universal,” said Johnson. "All of us are very excited to bring this movie to a worldwide audience."

Breath's production designer is Steven Jones-Evans (The Railway Man, The Daughter); Marden Dean (The Infinite Man, Fell) is the cinematographer; the costume designer is Terri Lamera (Son of a Gun, Looking for Grace); the editor is Dany Cooper (Candy, The Sapphires); and makeup and hair is being done by Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge).

Embankment Films is selling international rights, CAA and Untitled are representing North America.

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