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Storm Boy

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.

Greg Rowe Peter Cummins David Gulpilil Judy Dick Tony Allison Michael Moody

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.

Storm Boy


Production: SAFC. Director Henri Safran; Producer Matt Carroll; Screenplay Sonia Borg; Camera Geoff Burton; Editor G. Turney-Smith; Music Michael Carlos; Art Director David Copping

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Greg Rowe Peter Cummins David Gulpilil Judy Dick Tony Allison Michael Moody

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