Storm Boy

Australia, 1976

Film

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 Aborigine, ‘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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Credits

director

Henri Safran

producer

Matt Carroll

production company

South Australian Film Corporation

Language

English

Duration

01:34:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

32619

Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sea in motion pictures

Animals & Wildlife → Pelicans

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children 6-12

Childrens Films → Children's films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australia - Race relations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Literature → Children's literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Literature → Thiele, Colin, 1920-

People → Thiele, Colin, 1920-

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

Appears in

Constellation

David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil is a Yolngu man of the Mandhalpuyngu speech of the Djinba language. As a young boy, Gulpilil was an accomplished hunter, tracker and dancer, which he turned into an acclaimed film career that saw him win the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival (for <I>Charlie's Country</i>) and an AACTA for <I>The Tracker</i>, among his many honours.

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