The second film to be made based on Colin Thiele’s 1964 children’s novel Storm Boy is rearing up to warm all hearts. Directed by Shawn Seet, the film stars Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Finn Little, Trever Jamieson, Morgana Davies and Erik Thomson.
Living in the coastal wilderness of Australia with his reclusive father, Mike encounters an Aboriginal native forming a friendship and bond while caring for orphaned pelicans after the mother pelican is shot. Storm Boy, aka Mike, rescues three orphan chicks, nursing them to health and setting them free. Time passes and what was Mike’s favourite returns to him becoming his best friend.
This latest adaptation of Storm Boy features beautiful cinematography throughout, showing off Australia’s curvy coastal landscapes. As for the adaption of the story, the film was more depressing than uplifting with young Mike, played by Finn Little coming out on top with a fresh performance. (RH)