Storm Boy (2019 film)

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Storm Boy
Storm Boy 2018 poster.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed byShawn Seet[1]
Produced by
  • Matthew Street[1]
  • Michael Boughen[2]
Written byJustin Monjo[3]
Based onStorm Boy by
Colin Thiele
Music byAlan John
CinematographyBruce Young
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Distributed byGood Deed Entertainment(USA) Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia)
Release date
17 January 2019 (Australia, NZ), 5 April 2019 (US)
Running time
99 minutes
Budget$15 million
Box office$4.2 million [4]

Storm Boy is an Australian drama family film based on the novella by Colin Thiele of the same name.[1] The adaptation was directed by Shawn Seet and stars Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney.[3] Thiele's novel was previously adapted in 1976.


Based on the book, Storm Boy follows a young boy growing up on a largely uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia. He rescues three orphan pelicans and forms a close bond with them.


  • Geoffrey Rush as Mike Kingley
  • Jai Courtney as Hideaway Tom
  • Finn Little as Storm Boy
  • Trevor Jamieson as Fingerbone Bill
  • Morgana Davies as Madeline
  • Erik Thomson as Malcom Downer
  • David Gulpilil as the Father of Fingerbone Bill
  • Simone Annan as Murujuga Lawyer
  • Thibul Nettle as Police Officer (as Stinga-T)
  • Luca Asta Sardelis as Smirking Schoolgirl #1
  • Georgina Giessauf as Smirking Schoolgirl #2
  • David John Clark as Police Senior Constable
  • Chantal Contouri as Julie Sims
  • Martha Lott as Pearl
  • Nick Launchbury as Reporter #1
  • Emma Bargery as Reporter #2
  • Miraede Bhatia-Williams as Mildew
  • Brendan Cooney as Police Officer
  • Edward Boehm as Young Storm Boy
  • Caroline Mignone as Angela
  • Anna Bampton as Jenny
  • Rory Walker as Murray
  • Lucy Cowan as Belle
  • Niraj Pandya as Office Receptionist
  • Brendan Rock as Hunter #1
  • James Smith as Hunter #2
  • Bradley Trent Williams as Jasper Davies
  • Tim Whibley as Office Worker
  • Paul Blackwell as Cal Evans
  • Michelle Nightingale as Mrs. Marks


Storm Boy, an Ambience Entertainment production, was shot along the Coorong and in Adelaide, South Australia in July-August 2017.[5] The Hudson Hornet used in the filming was supplied by a local South Australian car collector.[citation needed]


The film opened in theatres in Australia and New Zealand on 17 January 2019, in Poland on 19 January 2019 and in the United States on 5 April 2019.

Box office[edit]

The film was released in 320 theatres in Australia on 17 January 2019 but it grossed only $874,000(USD) on its opening weekend. By the end of its theatrical run in Australia, it had earned a total of $3.5 million(USD). The film also grossed just over $600,000(USD) in Poland and New Zealand when it was released over 17-19 January 2019. The film was released in the United States & Territories on 5 April 2019 but only earned $71,000(USD).[6] The total box-office for Storm Boy was $4.2 million against a production budget of $15 million.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 67% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6.09/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Storm Boy can't quite live up to the original, but this retelling of a beloved story retains enough of its classic source material's heart to remain worth a watch."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ a b c Dayman, Isabelle. (26 July 2016). "Storm Boy remake with actor Geoffrey Rush about to start filming in SA Coorong", ABC News, Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Debelle, Penny. (22 November 2016). "Exclusive: Producers of the remake of iconic Australian movie Storm Boy look set to return to the Coorong", Adelaide Now, Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Australian actors Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney to star in Storm Boy", (12 May 2017),, Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Storm Boy (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Storm Boy stars in Adelaide to begin shooting new version of beloved Coorong-set film". Retrieved 26 July 2017.
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  8. ^ "Storm Boy (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Storm Boy Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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