Storm Boy Sunday, 29 March 2020

Storm Boy

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Home schooling.

  • Starring:

    Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison, Michael Moody, Graham Dow, Eric Mack

  • Directed by:

    Henri Safran

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), PG (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot at, grabbed. Animals are shot. Reckless driving, property damage. Blood/gore: Animal corpses, headless animal. Bloody flesh, blood on ground.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Isolation, Aboriginal culture, The Dreaming, fishing, poaching, education, literacy, father-son relationships, trust, friendship, pelicans, animal husbandry, marginalisation, loss, environmentalism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged/deceased mother discussed. Pelicans, swans, seagulls, snake. Lightning, thunder. Bucket of dead fish. Based on the novel by Colin Thiele.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Enchanting, subversive, joyous, heartwarming, delicate, charming, magical, soulful, affecting, uplifting, melancholic, thought-provoking, beautiful. Terrific performances (especially from Greg Rowe), sincere storytelling, well-rounded characters, stunning visuals, superb camerawork, thematically rich, family friendly, clear message, treats child viewers with intelligence, avoids clichés.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Humourless, episodic, ambling, vague, dated. Brash soundtrack.

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