- Film project supported 150 jobs; generated $5.6 million for local economy
- Movie's spectacular filming highlights the beauty of WA's Great Southern region
- State Government invested more than $2 million in production
Homegrown feature film Breath, based on acclaimed Western Australian author Tim Winton's novel of the same name, is on track to delight cinema audiences when released in WA on May 3, 2018.
Breath, filmed entirely on location in the Great Southern region, marks the directorial debut of well-known Australian actor Simon Baker.
The local production had a significant impact on the region's economy - supporting an estimated 150 jobs over the project's life and generating an estimated $5.6 million short-term benefit for the local economy.
The Albany Entertainment Centre will host the Western Australian launch of the feature at a special screening tonight, attended by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
Breath received major production investment support from Screen Australia ($2 million), Screenwest and Lotterywest ($800,000), as well as Royalties for Regions in association with the Great Southern Development Commission ($1.5 million).
Screenwest administered and monitored the Royalties for Regions contribution, along with its own investment, and worked with the Great Southern Development Commission to ensure the project met its 'buy local' and human capacity development obligations.
The stunningly shot film has previously premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and at the Gold Coast Film Festival.
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"Breath is a beautifully shot film that showcases our stunning Great Southern region, including the iconic Elephant Rocks near Denmark.
"Quantifying the benefits (of the filming project) to the local economy is vital for future industry growth, and I am encouraged by how well this project has evolved.
"We need to keep telling local stories using local voices, and the only way we can continue to do this is to showcase the real outcomes from these sorts of local initiatives and attract new investment for culture and arts in our great State."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Producing this uniquely WA film in the Great Southern has been a boost to the local economy and it has been fantastic to see local communities embrace the film.
"Before shooting, we estimated the project would generate a $5.6 million short-term benefit to the local economy including 150 local jobs.
"This should bring new local and international interest in the Great Southern, and will help to cement the region's reputation as a cultural hotspot."
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Breath is based on Tim Winton's award-winning novel of the same name. Breath has been adapted for the screen by Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake). Tim Winton and Simon Baker, who also co-produced with Oscar® and Emmy® Award–winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) for Gran Via Productions and Jamie Hilton (The Little Devils) for See Pictures. Executive producers are Tom Williams, Johnny Mac and David Hansen for Autumn Productions, and Laura Rister.
Breath follows two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, growing up in a remote corner of the WA coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. Director Simon Baker also stars in the film as Sando, alongside an impressive cast including Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake, and introducing Samson Coulter as Pikelet and Ben Spence, a Margaret River local, as Loonie.
Roadshow Films are distributing the film across Australia.