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Storm Boy
Directed by Henri Safran
Produced by Matt Carroll
Written by Sonia Borg
Sidney Stebel
Starring Greg Rowe
Peter Cummins
David Gulpilil
Music by Michael Carlos
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Editing by G. Turney-Smith
Studio South Australian Film Corporation
Release date(s) 19 November 1976 (South Australia)
1977 (other states)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU$320,000
Money made AU$2,645,000 (Australia)

Storm Boy is a 1976 Australian drama film based on the 1964 book of the same name by Colin Thiele, about a lonely boy and his pet pelicans living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. It was the third feature film made by the South Australian Film Corporation, and is a highlight of the New Wave of Australian Cinema from the 1970s. The film was financed by SAFC, Seven Network and the Australian Film Commission.


Mike (Greg Rowe) is a lonely young boy wandering through the fierce deserted coast of South Australia's Coorong, near the mouth of the Murray River. He and his reclusive father 'Hide Away' Tom (Peter Cummins) live in the isolated sand dunes facing the Southern Ocean. In search of friendship, Mike encounters another recluse in the wilderness, Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil), an Aboriginal man estranged from his tribal people. Fingerbone names Mike "Storm Boy" and enlists the child's help caring for three orphaned pelican chicks.

Eventually, Mike's Dad insists that he release the grown birds back into the wild. However one particular pelican, named 'Mr Percival' by Mike, returns. The bird forms a deep bond with the boy until sadly, Mr Percival is shot by duck shooters. With the wise guidance of Fingerbone Bill, Mike learns of the cycle of life and is eventually allowed by his father to attend school for the first time in a nearby village.


  • Greg Rowe as Storm Boy
  • Peter Cummins as Hideaway Tom
  • David Gulpilil as Fingerbone Bill
  • Judy Dick as Miss Walker
  • Tony Allison as ranger 1
  • Michael Moody as boat master
  • Graham Dow as Edwards
  • Eric Mack as Jones
  • Frank Foster-Brown as Lynch
  • Michael Caulfield as hunter 1
  • Graeme Duke as hunter 2
  • Mr Percival as The pelican
  • Paul Smith
  • Hedley Cullen
  • Jim Harding


In 2016, the 40th anniversary of the original film adaptation, Screen Australia announced support for a remake of the 1976 film. Australia's National Film and Sound Archive also placed on limited releasing a digital re-mastering of the original 1976 film, for use at film festivals.

The new Storm Boy film, produced by Michael Boughen and Matthew Street, has a screenplay written by Justin Monjo and is to be directed by Shawn Seet. The cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Jai Courtney and Erik Thomson.

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