We knew that Simon Baker’s feature directorial debut would be along soon, but it seemed they were holding off on releasing a trailer, which is never a great sign. Turns out that we shouldn’t have worried – Breath looks the business.
Adapted from Tim Winton’s 2008 novel of the same name and shot around Denmark in WA’s South West, Breath is a ’70s-set coming of age story about two boys, Pikelet (Samson Coulter_ and Loonie (Ben Spence) who come into the orbit of retired surfing champion Sando (Simon Baker) and his American wife, Eva (Elizabeth Debickie). It’s due out on May 3, 2018.
It seems to be a good time to be Simon Baker, with the actor and now filmmaker being awarded the AACTA Trailblazer Award, which will be presented to him at the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel on Wednesday 6 December at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
The award “…recognises the achievements of an Australian screen practitioner whose body of work has served as an inspiration to others” and “…acknowledges the recipient’s valuable contribution to promoting Australian screen culture and excellence at home and abroad.” Previous winners include Rose Byrne and Isla Fisher.
Baker has certainly had an impressive career – when your first film is L.A. Confidential, you’re on a good wicket, and his notable works include turns in Ride With the Devil, The Killer Inside Me, Land of the Dead, and Margin Call, plus TV work in The Guardian (criminally underrated, that one) and, of course, The Mentalist (Baker directed five episodes as well, honing his skills for Breath).
“It’s an honour to be acknowledged at all, but to be acknowledged at home, in Australia, resonates so profoundly for me.” Baker said.