Storm Boy

The remake of that classic Australian movie Storm Boy provides viewers with a heart-touching story line, set against a stunning landscape as the backdrop.

Rather than simply remake the new movie in the same vein as the original, Director Shawn Seet, tells the touching tale through clever use of flashback. 

Our young intrepid Storm Boy has now grown up to be a successful businessman in the mining industry who also happens to be a father and a grandfather. 

Ably played by Geoffrey Rush as the older Storm Boy, he recounts to his grand-daughter, played by Morganna Davies, the story of how as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican named Mr Percival. Finn Little stars as a young Storm Boy and his bond with the Pelicans is a highlight. 

Rush tells tales of his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline in the Coorong in South Australia, with his father, played by Jai Courtney.

The remarkable adventures and very special bond between Storm Boy and Mr Percival, has a profound effect on all their lives. As does the friendship between a young Storm Boy and Fingerbone Bill, played by Trevor Jamieson. 

There is even a small part in the movie for David Gulpilil, who played Fingerbone Jack in the original movie.

While Mr Percival meets with a sad end, his loss is not in vein as his remarkable tale resulted in the declaration of a bird sanctuary for the local pelican population.

Based on the beloved book by Colin Thiele, Storm Boy is a timeless Australian story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.

The Coorong is a beautiful setting for this story, with its flowing sand dunes, safe estuary and wild ocean seas. Travelers to Adelaide can even pay a visit to the pelican movie star at the Adelaide zoo.

Words by Peter Lamont

Details: In movie theaters everywhere | 1 hour 39 minutes