A $2.3 million investment by the State Government has secured Denmark as the location to film the adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling and award-winning novel, Breath.
Hollywood actor Simon Baker (The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada) will star in and direct the film.
In an interview with The West Australian, Mr Baker said Denmark “felt right”.
“It was a gut feeling. There was obviously the incredible beauty, but also an attachment to nature,” Mr Baker said.
Production of the film is expected to create 250 local jobs and generate millions for the economy. Royalties for Regions will contribute $1.5 million while Screenwest will contribute $800,000 to the project.
Screenwest Chief Executive Ian Booth said the Agency worked closely with the Great Southern Development Commission and the film’s producers to secure a Western Australian shoot.
“It’s fantastic that this unique story by world renowned WA writer Tim Winton will be filmed in the enchanting town of Denmark,” Mr Booth said.
“The local screen industry will benefit from the shoot, as key production creatives and crew will be West Australian.”
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was an opportunity that could not be missed and the State would reap the benefits of Breath being filmed in the beautiful Great Southern.
“This State has an experienced screen industry and the international spotlight will well and truly be focused on them with Hollywood actor Simon Baker choosing Western Australia to make his feature film directorial debut,” Mr Day said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the production would directly generate around $4.3 million, with further economic benefits expected to flow to the local community.
“Breath will create local jobs, directly benefit the local economy and showcase the Great Southern to the world,” Mr Redman said.
Breath focuses on the lives of two teenage thrill-seeking boys. Hungry for discovery they form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer, Sando (Baker) and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.
The screenplay writing team includes Tim Winton and Gerard Lee (television’s Top of the Lake).
Breath is produced by Emmy-winning United States producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook, Rain Man), and Australian producer Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City, Backtrack).