Storm Boy

Australia, 1976


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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Henri Safran


Matt Carroll

production company

South Australian Film Corporation







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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 Charlie's Country) and an AACTA for The Tracker, among his many honours.



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