Breath: a film review by Ben Apfelbaum

May 6, 2018 by  
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Simon Baker’s  much-anticipated debut feature BREATH held its Sydney premiere recently at Randwick Ritz.

Andrew, Dee and Jamie Hilton    Photo: Ben Apfelbaum

I am pleased to say that the film is worthy of the hype which it has been receiving. This is a worthy, fine new Australian movie…writes Ben Apfelbaum.

BREATH is set in a coastal town in Western Australia and follows the journey of two restless teenage boys and surfie types, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence). They are lost souls until they form friendships with an older man, Sando (Simon Baker) and his sultry wife, Eva. The eccentric couple push the boys out of their comfort zones, getting them to ride ever bigger waves both literally and metaphorically.

This is one of those films which put a spell on you. Minutes into the movie and I am taken in following their adventures  The acting is uniformly good and the cinematography even better

At its very heart, the film, an adaptation of one of Tim Winton’s finest novels, is about we humans needing to find our own true path through life. I was reminded of the famous Robert Frost poem – ‘two paths diverged in a wood/I took the path less travelled by/ and that has made all the difference

Make a difference to your routine and catch your BREATH soon when  this film  opens next Thursday.

The film was produced by Sydney-based Jamie Hilton.

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