"Storm Boy".

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Storm Boy is an Australian movie that has been loved and has given great pleasure and joy to a wide range of audiences for many, many years. Not just Australian audiences but also overseas, where people have learnt a little of what Australian scenery looks like.

The first day of shooting the film was on 24th May 1976 but before this many decisions had to be made. Matt Carroll, the producer had to get permission from the author of the book, Colin Thiele who wrote the book in 1963. Once he got permission he had to find the right scriptwriter who could capture the true spirit of the book. Because the book tells the reader a lot of descriptions of the scenery, the film could show the audience in one shot what was written on pages so quite quickly a large section of the book was shown. To make the book into a full-length feature film the scriptwriter had to make the film longer.

Sonia Borg became the script writer and to achieve a longer film she introduce new incidents and new characters, and to give more details about some questions which were only mentioned briefly in the book.


One change that was made from the book was when Mr. Percival dies. "You put a nine metre by six metre pelican up on the screen with shot gun blasts in its chest, and it would have been quite horrifying" (Colin Thiele author of book) Research shows that this was too upsetting for young children so Mr. Percival goes missing for a few days. This also allowed more filming as storm boy goes looking for Mr. Percival until he is told he has died and is shown the grave but at the same time he sees new pelicans hatching and...