Winton wonder on screen for free

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Director Simon Baker (Sando) - Breath - Photograph by David Dare Parker
Camera IconDirector Simon Baker (Sando) - Breath - Photograph by David Dare Parker Credit: David Dare Parker/Picture: David Dare Parker

Denmark locals will be able to see their town on the big screen at free public screenings of Breath.

Based on a Tim Winton novel, the film was shot in Denmark and features well-known local landmarks such as Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool.

The Shire of Denmark’s Breath Film Festival will feature several free public screenings, which will be held at Denmark Civic Centre.

The first three screenings are available next week on the weekend of May 11, 12 and 13, meanwhile a further date of Thursday, May 17 is set aside depending on public demand.

Denmark Chamber of Commerce chief executive Liz Jack is looking forward to the opportunity the festival will provide to local businesses.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to partner with the festival organisers,” she said.

“Many of the businesses in Denmark provided support to the cast and crew during filming, so there is immense pride in the movie.”

Food and beverages are also available to purchase at the venue, with all proceeds going to Denmark Financial Assistance Program.

Breath is the directorial debut of Australian actor Simon Baker, who shot to fame in Hollywood as the star of TV show The Mentalist.

The film is a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence), growing up in a remote corner of the WA coast.

“I’m especially thrilled to be returning to the Great Southern region of WA to share and celebrate with those communities who welcomed us so warmly, and contributed with great spirit to the making of Breath,” Mr Baker told the Advertiser ahead of the film’s opening. “It’s their film.”

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