Three characters live in isolation amidst the coastal sand dunes of the Coorong in southern South Australia. In a shack on the beach live Tom, a fisherman, and his young son; out amongst the dunes lives an Indigenous man, ‘Fingerbone Bill’, who forms a friendship with the boy, naming him ‘Storm Boy’. The story is conveyed with simplicity, with events being left unspoken and undetailed. The relationships between the characters, and the scenes where the boy and his pet pelican play together are subtly sketched. Burton’s photography effectively captures the wild beauty of the Coorong.
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