Storm Boy is a gem of a film. Modestly and carefully made, it is a skillful adaptation of a kid’s book by Colin Thiele.
Mike (Greg Rowe) is the 10-year-old son of Tom (Peter Cummins), a wifeless fisherman who inhabits a shanty on the beach and ekes out a living selling his catch to the fishmonger in the nearest town.
They live near a bird sanctuary, and a chance meeting with an aborigine (David Gulpilil) affects Mike’s life, and gives him the name Storm Boy. Fingerbone Bill is also a rejector of society, his tribe has cast him out and he lives a nomadic life pretty much along the lines of his ancestors. And he has retained the mystical insights of his forebears.
Storm Boy is certainly a kid-flick, but it’s one that’ll get to the adults, too.
For a first feature, Paris-born director Henri Safran shows a sure hand. Final kudos to composer, Michael Carlos, for an evocative score.