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
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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 »
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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