About the film
Director: Shawn Seet
Actors: Jai Courtney, Finn Little, Geoffrey Rush, Morgana Davies, Trevor JamiesonShawn Seet's grand re-adaptation of Colin Thiel’s classic novel goes right for the heartstrings.
‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley (Geoffry Rush), a successful retired businessman and grandfather. His granddaughter Madeline (Morgana Davies) is passionate about the environment, updating the novel’s original themes of environmentalism to tackle today’s prominent problems – mega-mining and pastoral developments within indigenous lands. The on-going parallels of past and present collide when the grown-up Kingsley takes his grand-daughter to the 90 mile beach where he grew up.
Storm Boy tells of the adventures of the titular young lad (Finn Little), who lives with his hermit father, Hideaway Tom (Jai Courtney), on the remote South Australian Coast. With the help of local Indigenous man Fingerbone Bill (Trevor Jamieson), Storm Boy helps raise three orphaned pelican chicks he rescues after their mother is shot. This altruistic act sets in motion events that will change both his and his father’s lives forever.
A very beautiful cameo by David Gulpilil, the great indigenous Australian actor who played Fingerbone Bill in 1976, is another of the film’s many pleasures.
Handsomely filmed in earthy tones by Bruce Young, Storm Boy is gorgeous to watch. We particularly love the hearing the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many of the scenes are complemented with songs by the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Thus reinforcing the connection between the humans, animals and our great Southern land.