If you've ever read (or been forced to read) a Tim Winton novel, you'll understand why the Perth-born writer is one of Australia's most celebrated contemporary novelists. His prize-winning books are intrinsically Aussie and have often beared the dubious honour of being assigned to the high school curriculum (ahem, Cloudstreet). That said, his love of the local landscape and his eye for crafting memorable Australian archetypes is legendary, so much so that his literary works are often adapted into movies and TV shows.

And the latest Tim Winton novel to make its way onto screens is the dark coming-of-age story Breath, directed by actor Simon Baker in his feature film debut. A heady mix of surfing, teenage hormones and machismo, Breath details the relationship between two teenage grommets Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence), a charismatic surfing legend (Simon Baker) and his troubled girlfriend (Elizabeth Debicki).

Watch the trailer for Tim Winton’s coming-of-age surf tale ‘Breath’

If you've read the 2008 novel you'll know the storyline is a love letter to extreme surfing and the harsh WA landscape as much as it is a cautionary tale of masculinity gone awry, but rest assured there are enough twists and turns to ensure this will have no Blue Crush Hollywood ending. (Don't you just love the raw brutality of Australian films?) With an executive producer credit for Tim Winton himself, we're assuming the screenplay has thankfully stayed pretty close to script.

Releasing into cinemas in 2018, watch the first trailer for Breath below. 

Watch the trailer for Tim Winton’s coming-of-age surf tale ‘Breath’