Heath Ledger and Simon Baker became friends after meeting on the set of Sweat (1996) and a surfboard that Baker gave to Ledger features in Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures.
Baker makes his directorial debut with Breath, based on the Tim Winton novel, about two teenage boys and their friendship with an older surfer (played by Baker) and his enigmatic wife (Elizabeth Debicki).
'Mr Baker does nice work with the actors – his open-faced young leads are sincere, appealing, believable – and there’s a lot to like about Breath, including its attention to natural beauty and to how surfing can become a bridge to that splendour.' – The New York Times
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