Steve Biddulph shares why he believes the new Tim Winton Film “BREATH” is not suitable for young teens..

Steve Biddulph is of course one of the world’s best known parenting educators. A psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write awesome books and help parents to raise their children.


Steve shares, “Here is ACCM’s summary…Although the film at times feels targeted towards younger teens, the seduction of Pikelet (aged 13-14yrs) by the older woman Eva (a depiction of child sexual abuse?), including the depiction of risky erotic asphyxiation with plastic bag and belt, and the consequences that arise, may be too confronting for, or possibly misunderstood by, less mature teenagers.

Breath is classified M but an MA15+ would have been more appropriate. Parents should think carefully about the suitability of this content for younger teens. It warrants careful discussion. “

Steve has recently shared how he is concerned that young boys are getting their sex education from porn movies and that it is sadly resulting in many injuries to young girls.

“Boys need to learn that sex is kind and gently.  Nothing like what you see in a porn movie.”

Parents have praised Steve for sharing his view and agree that it is really not suitable for young impressionable minds.

Comments include:

One comment read, “The film trailer (and poster) doesn’t suggest any of the confronting issues in the film. Many may think it is a surf movie for teens. Having read the book, I would find it uncomfortable subject matter for my 14 1/2 year old son.”

Another said, “I even wondered what the parents of the two young actors felt about their sons being in a movie with such content, they have to act these scenes out and get in the headspace of such incidents.”

” I feel the asphyxiation scene ruined what was a great coming of age movie. There are other situations teenage boys experience that could have been focussed on more and could have better shown pikelet navigating his way through life. Seriously, how many 13/14 year old boys experience sex with a woman so much older who is also into asphyxiation?, wrote another.”

Another agreed, “I agree. I saw it and it should be adult only. I was very uncomfortable with the pedophilia [lets call it what it is] and of the asphyxiation thing!! This could potentially cause some normalisation? Id be very worried if teens were watching this.”

“Having seen the movie, I can’t help but agree. It is a coming of age film that should in no way be seen to support teenage boy’s fantasies.”

Have you seen the movie? Do you think it should have been classified MA 15+?

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  • I’ve only seen the previews, I thought it looked a bit strange, but didn’t realise it was about this


  • I knew about the sexual abuse, but not the asphyxiation.


  • I never would have thought the movie would be about these issues. Thanks for the heads up.


  • I had originally planned that my hubby and 17 year old son would see this together based on the surfing story. As it turned out, my hubby and I ended up seeing it together. I must admit. Thought it was MA15+. I did find the Pikelet and Eva relationship disturbing and particularly the asphyxiation request. It made me glad that my son hadn’t seen the movie and sparked conversation between hubby and I.


  • I haven’t watched the movie yet (I will) but I have read the book quite some years ago. It was a beautiful book but indeed there were some scenes that could be considered quite strong for teenagers. Everything depends on how they presented them throughout the movie.


  • I go to the movies frequently but have never heard or seen this movie yet


  • Difficult to provide an informed comment without reading the book and watching the movie.

    • It is not currently top of my movie viewing list.


  • I haven’t seen the movie, or the trailer or even read about it before.
    This sure isn’t the type of movie I would like my young teens to watch and to be honest, I don’t think they would like to watch it themselves.


  • This is not what i expected from the trailer and information I have seen and heard about this movie. Am glad I read this as its not something either my boys or I would be comfortable watching content like that.


  • Good advice from Steve Biddulph. I haven’t read the book so had no idea who the movie was targeted at but it definitely sounds like one that needs to be kept for adults or at least more mature teens watching with an adult to actually discuss the themes.


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