Simon Baker to visit Gold Coast for Film Festival

Simon Baker, Gold Coast

Simon Baker will visit the Gold Coast next month as part of the 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival. Baker’s new film ‘Breath’ will have its Queensland premiere at the city’s flagship film event, which runs 17 – 29 April.

‘Breath’ will screen at a red carpet event at Pacific Fair on Thursday 19 April with Simon Baker joined by fellow actors Samson Coulter (Pikelet) and Ben Spence (Loonie). Baker will also participate in an industry event the day prior focussed on surf cinematography as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival.

‘Breath’, sees Baker make his directorial debut. It’s a classic coming of age tale, focussed on the surf, set in a small coastal town in Western Australia. Lovers of Australian literature will be familiar with the story, based on the 2008 book by acclaimed author Tim Winton.

Baker has special ties with this part of the world and with the storyline itself. He grew up in Ballina and is “thrilled” to see the film premiere on the Gold Coast.

Having grown up surfing in the small Australian town of Ballina, and with teenage sons of his own, Baker said he felt instantly connected to the characters and themes in Winton’s novel before adapting the storyline for screen.

“The Gold Coast has long been a Mecca for those that share a deep fascination and respect for the ocean, and the magnificent impact it can have in shaping who you are,” Baker said.

“’Breath’ is a film about identity. An identity that is bound to the shifting landscapes of the Australia coastline,” Mr Baker said.

Lucy Fisher is the director the Gold Coast Film Festival and she’s pretty stoked to score the film’s premiere as well as its director and key cast members for the event. With even more big festival program announcements due today.

“Simon Baker is an Australian film and screen icon,” Lucy said.

“We are thrilled to present some of the most anticipated films from around Australia and the world, and to secure the only Queensland gala screening of Simon’s directorial debut is a big coup for the Festival and wider Gold Coast.”

“This year is expected to be the biggest Gold Coast Film Festival to date,” she said.

The program, announced later today, includes more than with more than 100 film-related events taking over the entire city. There’s horror, dramas, indie films and a bunch of premieres.

“The Gold Coast Film Festival has cemented itself as a strong platform for film lovers, aspiring filmmakers and the screen industry to be entertained, inspired and be challenged, inviting thought provoking ideas from the films, workshops and events,” Lucy said.

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations and Gold Coast Film Festival helps to solidify that reputation. It promotes emerging Australian filmmakers and delivers an absolute treasure-trove of capacity building events for those working across the industry.

The Queensland Premiere of Breath is presented by Pacific Fair and tickets will be available to purchase later today when the full program is announced. Stay tuned here or pop on over to the www.gcfilmfestival.com for more details.

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See Simon Baker at the premiere of ‘Breath’ at Pacific Fair on Thursday 19 April and also at a special industry session on surf cinematography at HOTA – Home of the Arts on Wednesday 18 April.

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