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Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel of the same name, Simon Baker’s feature film directorial debut Breath follows two teenage boys, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence), growing up in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando (Simon Baker), a mysterious older surfer and adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

The film was directed by Simon Baker (The Mentalist, Devil Wears Prada, Margin Call), and starred Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, The Turning, Mission: Impossible II) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Rake, Truth). The film’s young leads are Samson Coulter who plays Pikelet and WA local Ben Spence who plays Loonie.

Simon Baker, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence with surfboards
Simon Baker as Sando, Samson Coulter as Pikelet and Ben Spence as Loonie in Breath

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Production Information


Simon Baker


Simon Baker

Jamie Hilton

Mark Johnson


Gerard Lee (screenplay)

Simon Baker (screenplay)

Tim Winton (novel)


Chris Veerhuis


Marden Dean

Water Cinematographer

Rick Rifici

Executive Producers

Dave Hansen

Johnny Mac

Laura Rister

Tom Williams

Co-Executive Producers

Nicolas Whatson

Benjamin Zeccola

Key Cast

Samson Coulter

Ben Spence

Simon Baker

Elizabeth Debicki

Richard Roxburgh

Rachael Blake

Miranda Frangou

Key Locations

Margaret River



Tim Winton

“I think Pikelet’s story is learning that courage is more than simple physical bravery…

It’s owning up to who you are and what you’ve done, and taking responsibility for your life.”

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