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Filmed at Goolwa, Now Screening at Goolwa
Goolwa Centenary Hall. Photograph by JA Rossiter.
The much-loved book, Storm Boy, was published in the early sixties. The story of an unusual bond between Mike (nicknamed 'Storm Boy') and a pelican, was made into a movie in 1976. Written by Colin Thiele (1920–2006), Storm Boy was set in the Coorong, a beautiful but wild region of wind, sand and water birds.
The video reminds us of the emotion and beauty of Storm Boy and its setting, the Coorong.
The movie also features many buildings of historical interest in and around Goolwa. Storm Boy won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film in 1977. It featured Greg Rowe as Storm Boy, in his first acting role; Peter Cummins, as his Dad, Hideaway Tom, and David Gulpilil as Fingerbone Bill. Mr Percival lived at the Adelaide Zoo until he passed away at the age of 33 years.
Alexandrina Libraries are commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the film, Storm Boy as part of South Australia's History Festival in May. The film screens at 1.00 pm and it will be followed by a short talk about the author by Bill Cox, a History Room volunteer. Photographs, charts, maps and files will be on display. Bill Cox was a student of Colin Thiele's at Teachers' College. Afternoon tea will be provided by the Friends of the Goolwa Library. The screening is free, but bookings are essential. Telephone (08) 8555 7000 to book your place in this special commemorative event.