Storm Boy Reviews
September 1, 2013
Storm Boy is a gem of a film. Modestly and carefully made, it is a skillful adaptation of a kid's book.
December 23, 2012
While the film has not aged gracefully, "Storm Boy" remains a key cornerstone of modern Australian culture.
The classic tale tells of a boy, Mike (dubbed Storm Boy by an Aboriginal friend) who lives with his father on the edge of a nature reserve in the Coorong, an estuary at the point where the Murray River meets the Southern Ocean.
It is the story of his friendship with the Aboriginal he meets, and, more importantly, the tragic friendship with the pelican he saved, Mr Percival.
This film has personal value to me, since the book by the late Colin Theile was one of my favourites as a child, and I also live nearby to the Coorong, and often saw Gringo (the pelican who portrayed Mr Percival) at the Adelaide Zoo.
It has some notable issues - the Aboriginal character, "Fingerbone Bill" is full of stereotypes, though not intentional ones - but the journey of Storm Boy is certainly worth the effort.