The London Australian Film Festival is proud to present the European premiere of Storm Boy, a timely reworking of a beloved family classic of Australian film and literature.
Michael Kingley (Geoffey Rush, The King’s Speech), is thrown out of his malaise by the passionate rebellion of his politically aware and environmentally passionate granddaughter, Madeline (Morgana Davies, The Hunter).
Sparking memories of his own childhood (Finn Little beautifully debuts as a young Michael), he captivates Madeline as he recounts an isolated but idyllic childhood spent on South Australia’s iconic wild coast of the Coorong with his father Hideaway Tom (Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad).
Recalling when their peaceful existence was threatened by plans to turn the nature reserve into a hunting ground, he draws his granddaughter into his tale – how the young Michael develops a close connection to country via a local Aboriginal man Fingerbone Bill (Trevor Jamieson, Cleverman) and how a rescued pelican named Mr Percival utterly changed his life forever.
Driven by a strong contemporary environmental message, but undercut with a pitch-perfect hit of 1950s nostalgia, this is a film to charm the whole family.
“The tale of a boy and his pelican best friend remains as tender and touching as ever” – Sarah Ward (Screen Daily)
A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only
FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM
We were SO nervous about this film – Storm Boy is one of our all-time favourite films from the 1970s. But never fear, this is a wonderful remake. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from the original Fingerbone Bill, David Gulpilil.