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Storm Boy (2019)

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When Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he's forced to remember his childhood and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival.


Shawn Seet


Justin Monjo (screenplay by), Colin Thiele (novel)
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Credited cast:
Jai Courtney ... Hideaway Tom
Geoffrey Rush ... Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley
David Gulpilil ... Father of Fingerbone Bill
Erik Thomson ... Malcolm Downer
Morgan Davies ... Madeline (as Morgana Davies)
Finn Little ... Storm Boy
Luca Asta Sardelis ... Smirking Schoolgirl #1
Trevor Jamieson ... Fingerbone Bill
Chantal Contouri ... Julie Sims
Simone Annan ... Murujuga Lawyer
Thibul Nettle ... Police Officer (as Stinga-T)
David John Clark ... Police Senior Constable
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Cal Evans
Michelle Nightingale Michelle Nightingale ... Mrs. Marks
Emma Bargery Emma Bargery ... Reporter #2


A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship. Written by Ambience Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and brief language | See all certifications »


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English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,676, 7 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,760, 25 April 2019
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Did You Know?


Director Shawn Seet and costume designer Louise McCarthy were conscious that the 1959 costumes were being 'recalled' by the grown-up Storm Boy. "That's a different lens to the objective lens you'd normally use tell a story," said costume designer Louise McCarthy, "so, the simplicity we went for was a reflection of that notion that a grown man is remembering images of his childhood." See more »


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Written and Performed by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
(c) SFM Publishing, licensed by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd
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A film for everyone
31 January 2019 | by cath_kiddSee all my reviews

A visually stunning Australian film that has worldwide appeal for people of ALL ages. The themes about family, friendship, love, loss and loneliness are universal and rounded out with a message of hope for a better future. This is a throughly enjoyable and emotional "retelling" of Colin Thiele's book of the same name which has been in print for over 55 years. This is not a remake - this is a retelling and should not be compared to the 1976 version. This film stands on its on merit, it is beautifully shot and superbly acted. It's a remarkable film that will stay with you forever.

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