Directed by Henri Safran • 1976 • Australia
Starring Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil
This deeply affecting classic of the Australian New Wave is one of the most moving films ever made about the relationship between children and animals. Cut off from the world by his reclusive father (Peter Cummins), Mike (Greg Rowe), a lonely young boy, experiences an emotional awakening through his growing bonds with an orphaned pelican and Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil), an Aboriginal man estranged from his tribe. Lyrically shot amid the scenic splendor of South Australia’s coast, STORM BOY weaves a simple but profound fable about friendship and loss that’s beautifully attuned to the wonders of the natural world.