Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ...
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Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South Australia's Port Lincoln fishing district. Accident prone son Snook is forever making mistakes much to the chagrin of his father Pascoe. But when tragedy strikes the fishing boat during a deep sea fishing trek in the Southern Ocean, the boy is called on to become a man in a rites of sea passage to reconcile is past mishaps and save both his father and the ship from certain disaster. Written by
Hardy Krüger once said of being cast in this film: "The three most important things about a movie are the script, the script, and the script. They chased me to the wilds of Canada to show me this script. I took it home and read it overnight, and decided I wanted to do it. I had seen an Australian film at a Western film festival at Cannes. My film 'Potato Fritz' [Montana Trap (1976)] was in it and I was hoping it would win. But the film that won was Mad Dog Morgan (1976). That made me aware that Australia could make good films. Then when they showed me Storm Boy (1976) in Los Angeles that clinched it". See more »
A fishing vessel sets out from a small town in South Australia. A storm comes, and the boat is wrecked. The filming of the storm and its aftermath, out at sea on the boat, are remarkable. In parallel, the film tells the story of a young boy wanting to grow up, wanting to fit into the world of his father and brothers out at sea.
The fishing vessel and the storm might remind you of The Perfect Storm. However, unlike that film, Blue Fin also tells a more subtle tale (of growing up and family bonds), has thoroughly believable fishermen, and describes well their relationship with the sea and with their boat. Blue Fin was written by the author of "Storm Boy"; if you liked one of the two films, you'll probably like the other.
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