I’ve never heard about the story which the movie Storm Boy was based on. It’s however a popular tale studied by children in Australia. The new movie is the second version of the film but filmmakers choose to use the original story and not just remake the older version from 1975. When I was asked about sharing about this film, and hosting a giveaway I immediately knew it would a story worth sharing on my blog and giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win a copy of the film.
About Storm Boy
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 Kingleystarts 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 granddaughter 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.
Just looking at this trailer I knew this film would be fantastic. It has so many relevant themes in the film that we all can relate to whether we have read the book before or not. My husband and I started to watch the movie on our own but was surprised how much my oldest and youngest enjoyed it. It’s an emotional story that will keep your attention from the start to the very end.
The Inclusion of the Ngarrindjeri People
I love that the producers of the film made sure they told this story without leaving out people vital to its existence. Often in Hollywood, we see films that are telling stories but leaving out characters and actors that are the reason for the story’s existence in the first place.
Sitting alongside Storm Boy and his father Hideaway Tom is the character of Fingerbone Bill, a Ngarrindjeri man. The participation and involvement of the Ngarrindjeri would be vital, as the film is set on their land, and represents their heritage and culture. The pelican (Nori) is a totem of the Ngarrindjeri. Here’s what film producer Matthew Street had to share about the Ngarrindjeri people and the film Storm Boy.
“The film touches on land rights issues and that’s incredibly relevant today, when I think we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of our relationship with Indigenous people,” says Seet. “We wanted to make the Indigenous aspects in the film absolutely accurate. It’s a sacred place to the Ngarrindjeri and the story has come out of that. To tell a story about unconditional love and living in harmony with the land and with nature could not be told without their help.”
Street continues: “It was very important to us to connect with the Ngarrindjeri people and for them to be actively involved and grant permission for us to film on the Coorong. I think they knew that we would be very respectful to their ways and beliefs.”
Enter to Win
One lucky Nicki’s Random Musings reader will win a copy of Storm Boy on DVD. Enter via the tool below. Giveaway ends July 9th, 2019. Good Luck.Storm Boy