“I keep an eye out on the new talent in Australia… There was a Golden Age when there was Peter Weir and the Bruce Beresford’s and now it seems to me that there are a number of directors who are sort of bubbling, just need to surface, and then they’re going to break out. And I want to find a way to somehow be a part of that.”
“The coastline and the landscape in particular in our country, it really does help define who we are,” Baker says. “It shapes the way we live. And it certainly had a major impact on me and the formation of who I am now. So I think that's really one of the main characters in the film.”
Producer Michael Robertson and director Andrew Traucki are in the enviable position of having covered three-quarters of the budget of Black Water: The Abyss five months before shooting is due to start.
The big screen adaptation of Tim Winton's coming-of-age classic is going on a surfing safari around Australia. If you have any questions for or about Simon Baker, his directorial debut, Breath, or novelist Tim Winton, on whose book the film is based*, now’s your chance.