What films have you been looking at for inspiration?I have been looking a lot of films that use the environment as a character.He's really a man's man, but he has been interested in literature and writing from a very young age.I grew up in this environment where there were six guys to one girl, very male-dominated, but I secretly wanted to become an actor.We made 151 hours of TV and it's sort of the speed dating of film production. You have to do the script development, you have to do casting, do location scouting. He is not an easy writer to adapt because his prose is so good.The developing of the script has been difficult — it's taken time to distill the book down.
is still recovering from jet lag and a lack of sleep since hopping a plane to Cannes. It looks at two daredevil teenage surfers who bond with a reclusive surfer — played by Baker — who challenges them to go to new levels of recklessness.
I worked with [ writer] Gerard Lee on the last couple of drafts. He has a real understanding of the material and definitely a real understanding of the kind of film I wanted to make.
He really understands how to create the voice of the teenage boys that are at the center of the story. The story suggests a lot of the cinematic style of the piece — it is a big broad canvas. We are incredibly fortunate to have an organization like Screen Australia and they have been incredibly supportive [of ].
After helming several episodes of , the actor, 45, thought it was time to make the leap to feature films.
“I enjoy being the control freak, having that influence,” he tells THR.