Storm Boy


Restored 2018


Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans. Storm Boy tells the story of a 10-year-old boy, called Mick by his father Tom, and Storm Boy by the Aboriginal loner Fingerbone he befriends. This boy is growing up in an isolated corrugated iron shed next to a wildlife sanctuary. He lives with his father, who supports them by fishing alone. He is not attending school; he is illiterate and ignorant. Mick’s father resents any intrusion of their secluded life, be it a washed-up radio or a mob of idiot bird shooters who kill a number of birds before they are scared off by Fingerbone. Amongst the dead are some pelicans whose chicks are still in the nest. The boy brings them home to care for. His father isn’t keen, but permits it. Three pelicans become a lot to feed when they reach maturity, so his father insists on releasing them. Two are never seen again, but one, Mr Percival, keeps coming back. Another intruder is the new primary school teacher, brought by the park ranger. She is concerned about the boy’s education, and pushes hard for him to be sent to school, or at least to do schoolwork by correspondence. She means well, but she is resented by the father – he doesn’t want anything to change in their reclusive life.

Restoration Work Undertaken

Original Theatrical Release 1976. Restored in 2018. Work undertaken. 35mm interpos 4K film scan, PFclean dirt removal and de-flicker, Stabilised where possible, Colour correction, Scratch concealment

Primary Production Companies: The South Australian Film Corporation
Producer: Matt Carroll
Assistant Producer: Jane Scott
Director: Henri Safran
Editor: Geral Turney-Smith
Editor's Assistants: Viano Jaksa, Kerry Regan
Colorist: Tom Meares
Writer: Sonia Borg
Cast: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison, Michael Moody
Format: Feature Film
Genres: Drama, Family
Services: Authoring, Colour Grading, Film Scanning & Digitisation, Mastering - Prep for Cinema, DVD, Blu-Ray, NetFlix & VOD, Restoration
Distributors: Kommunenes Filmcentral (KF), Roadshow Films, Umbrella Entertainment

Awards: 3 Wins and 6 Nominations

Awards Won: Australian Film Institute: Best Film. Australian Writers' Guild: Awgie - Feature Film
Award Nominations: Australian Film Institute: Best Director, Best Actor in a Lead Role, Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) Best Achievement in Sound, Best Achievement in Sound, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design

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