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
Starring
Music byAlan John
CinematographyBruce Young
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Production
company
Distributed byGood Deed Entertainment(USA) Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia)
Release date
17 January 2019 (Australia, NZ), 5 April 2019 (US)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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), News.com.au, 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.
  6. ^ https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Storm-Boy-(Australia)-(2019)#tab=international
  7. ^ https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Storm-Boy-(Australia)-(2019)#tab=international
  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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