After developing an interest in surfing, a teenage boy and his friend forge an unlikely friendship with an older surfer.


Simon Baker


Gerard Lee (adapted screenplay), Simon Baker (adapted screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samson Coulter ... Pikelet
Ben Spence Ben Spence ... Loonie
Simon Baker ... Sando
Elizabeth Debicki ... Eva
Richard Roxburgh ... Mr. Pike
Rachael Blake ... Mrs. Pike
Miranda Frangou Miranda Frangou ... Queenie
Jacek Koman ... Karl Loon
Brock Fitzgerald Brock Fitzgerald ... Slipper
Jed Mitchell Jed Mitchell ... Ewan
Megan Smart ... Karen
Austin Taylor Austin Taylor ... Sam
Zev Eleftheriou Zev Eleftheriou ... Bus Driver
Geoff Coughlan Geoff Coughlan ... Farmer
Ron Hohol Ron Hohol ... Truck Driver


Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. Written by See PIctures and Gran Via Productions

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There was a nation-wide search to find two boys, aged fourteen to seventeen, to play the roles of Pikelet and Loonie. No prior acting experience was required, but to be considered one had to be a good swimmer and have some surfing skills. It took around a year to find the right teenagers for the roles, but director and star Simon Baker eventually found two newcomers, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence. Despite his young age, Coulter is a trained surfer in real life who has participated in numerous competitions around the world. See more »

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7 May 2018 | by doctor_trishSee all my reviews

A coming of age novel, for years this book languished on my bookshelves in spite of the exhortations from my daughter to read it. In expectation of seeing the film, I read it over a weekend and was captivated although wasn't a fan of Tim Winton before I read "Breath". The film is faithful to the book apart from the sanitizing of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Spoiler alert so I won't say any more. The film is masterful: Simon Baker's direction and his performance as Sando is believable and superlative; the young men playing Pikelet and Loonie are superb; the cinematography is beyond belief. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Debicki lets the side down. Looking like a younger, blonde version of Cher, she is barely audible or intelligible. Nonetheless this is a stunning contribution to the Australian film industry's history. Four stars.

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3 May 2018 (Australia) See more »

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$5,258, 3 June 2018

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1.85 : 1
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