Monday, May 30, 2011
Storm Boy (1976)
Storm Boy is a 1976 Australian film based on a children's book, by Colin Thiele, about a boy and his pelican.
Storm Boy (Greg Rowe) likes to wander alone along the fierce deserted coast of South Australia's Coorong. He and his father live a reclusive life among the dunes that face out into the Southern Ocean. After a pelican mother is shot, Storm Boy rescues three chicks; he names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival, and nurses them back to health. His father, known to some as 'Hideaway Tom,' forces Storm Boy to release the birds, but Mr Percival returns. Mr Percival and storm boy grow a special bond together. Mr Percival dies from shooters hunting for birds. The story then concentrates on the conflict between Storm Boy's lifestyle and the externally imposed requirement for him to attend school, and the fate of the pelican.
Storm Boy's real name in the film is Mike—the moniker "Storm Boy" was given to him by Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil), an aboriginal man who becomes his friend.
In 2009 the pelican Mr Percival died at Royal Adelaide Zoo. He was 33 years old.