IN THEATERS APRIL 5, 2019
Directed by: Shawn Seet
Produced by: Matthew Street & Michael Boughen
Screenplay by: Justin Monjo
Starring: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Trevor Jamison, Morgana Davies, Erik Thompson
Theatrical Release Date: April 5, 2019
US Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment
Run Time: 98Minutes
Synopsis: 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 Kingley starts 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 grand-daughter 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.
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 Kingley starts 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 grand-daughter 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.
A NEW TELLING OF A CLASSIC TALE
Colin Thiele’s novella Storm Boy, which tells the story of a young boy and his extraordinary friendship with an orphaned pelican on South Australia’s remote Coorong National Park, has enchanted and moved Australians for over half a century.
Sydney based producer MATTHEW STREET (TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, THE BANK JOB, W, THE MESSENGER) had studied the book in primary school, as many Australian school children still do, a memory that drew him in 2013 to take notice of a new stage adaptation.
“The Barking Gecko Theatre Company from Western Australia was staging the play in partnership with the Sydney Theatre Company,” recalls Street. “I tried to book tickets for myself and my 11-year-old son, but it was sold out. I returned to the Ambience Entertainment office and told my producing partner MICHAEL BOUGHEN.”
Boughen (TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, THE LOVED ONES, KILLER ELITE) continues: “I said to Matthew, ‘I didn’t know it was a play’ and he said, ‘Yes, and the season is fully booked out’. That started me thinking about the Storm Boy phenomenon. I started to explore the possibilities, spoke to the publishers and within about a month Ambience had secured the film adaptation rights.”
Street and Boughen had both seen the 1976 film adaptation and strongly recalled the emotional connection they had with it.
“I was probably the age of Storm Boy at the time, maybe a little younger,” says Street, “and the film was dealing with life issues that were relatable to me, as a kid, but to adults as well.”
The producers recognised that the themes of Thiele’s 1963 book are just as relevant, and in some ways more so, today.
“The themes are universal,” says Boughen. “The story deals with friendship, with love, with family, loss and hope. It also deals with ecological issues. It's not overplayed, but there is a message in it that we need to look after what we hold dear, for ourselves and for future generations.”
From the outset, the producers wanted to ensure that the new film would have at its centre the spirit of what makes people want to read Thiele’s book more than 50 years after its first publication.
However, STORM BOY would not be a remake of the 1976 film. As such, Boughen and Street decided to remain true to Thiele’s original setting; the late 1950s. Additionally, Storm Boy’s tale would be set within a contemporary framework, an additional layer that would give the story and its lessons a new resonance and relevance. This new storyline would imagine Storm Boy as a grandfather and extend the exploration of issues around land and the conservation of the environment.
Screenwriter JUSTIN MONJO (THE SECRET DAUGHTER, SPEAR) was brought in to work on the adaptation, a process that would continue through the next several years.
“Our STORM BOY is a complex story in many ways,” says Michael Boughen. “We spent the next three years writing the script, physically engaging with it, working out the nuances, understanding the journey of each character.”
With an early draft script in hand, the producers began looking at possible directors, wanting to find someone who was passionate about the story and who would be able to draw out the delicate emotional nuances required of the performances and the storytelling.
SHAWN SEET (TWO FISTS ONE HEART; DEEP WATER; THE CODE) came up early in discussions because of his body of work and his ability to work with actors to create complex performances.
“From the day I met Shawn, my thoughts and Matthew Street’s thoughts never changed; he was the right person,” recalls Boughen. “The film charts a difficult emotional journey, which would feature a child in the lead, as well as animals, but Shawn understands performers and what they need. He was someone whom we knew could blend all the complex elements together and maintain the focus of the story. From day one, we shared the same vision and never strayed from that vision.”
The producers were particularly taken with Seet’s deep and long-standing connection with the story. “When Michael Boughen asked me to come into the office and told me what the project was, it hit me like lightning,” says Seet.
“I was born in Australia but grew up in Malaysia and came back when I was 12 to live with my mother’s family. My uncle educated me by taking me to see Australian films and one of the first he took me to was Storm Boy. It was the era of the film renaissance in Australia, and there was a great optimism and pride in local films. I still have the film poster at home, so when Michael told me he wanted to make this film, I felt it was meant to be.”
On reading the book again, as well as the draft screenplay, Seet was struck by the ways in which the story allows for a very intimate and individual experience.
“A lot of what resonated for me was the simplicity of their life, the respect for nature and the father and son story,” says Seet. “Moving back to a simpler life are issues and themes that resonate now. We are in a hurly burly world of phones and computers and I think there’s a great desire in people to return to a greater harmony with nature. That’s something I really wanted to capture in this telling of the story.”
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.
“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.”
“The Ngarrindjeri people assisted us, consulted with us on script, on language and on custom,” adds Boughen. “We wove all of that in to create a more fully formed and truthful story, beyond what was already a great script by Justin Monjo.”
In Thiele’s book and in the 1959 narrative in STORM BOY, the environmental issue explored concerns whether a Coorong bird nesting area will continue to be designated as a hunting ground, or transformed into a conservation sanctuary. In the film’s contemporary narrative, the film touches on the issue of mining and its impact on the environment.
Producer Matthew Street says: “It’s about finding a balance, a balance between human society and not over-exploiting nature and natural resources. That's what was explored, I think, in Thiele’s work, and hopefully we’ve done that justice in our telling of the story.”
To portray Michael Kingley — Storm Boy as an adult — in the present day scenes, Shawn Seet and the producers had one person in mind: Academy Award® winner GEOFFREY RUSH (SHINE, THE KING’S SPEECH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN). They approached the actor during development, in order to allow Rush to be involved in the process of refining the script.
Producer Michael Boughen says: “We were extremely lucky that Geoffrey Rush connected with the project. Geoffrey would bring gravitas to the film and to the role, but for him, as it was for us, the script had to explore the story in a way that was really worth the retelling.”
Rush, who also came onto the film as an Executive Producer, says: “I got involved because Shawn Seet, Michael Boughen, Matthew Street and Justin Monjo explained to me the nature of the reinvention of the story for a contemporary audience, of trying to find a door that we could open from 2017 to look back on the story that Colin Thiele set in the 1950s. I hadn’t done an Australian film for a couple of years, and sometimes roles come up that you think, ‘Wow, this sounds fantastic’.”
Geoffrey Rush had never seen the 1976 film, as he was studying in Paris when it was released and chose not to watch the film once he was on board.
“I looked at the trailer of the 1976 film because I wanted to see how it played,” recalls Rush, “and then I read the short story, after reading the screenplay. Colin Thiele awakens your imagination. It’s very interesting to look at how minimalist it is. I think it's only 50 pages of writing and it's a fable, so the idea for the film of Storm Boy in his late 60s telling his granddaughter what his experiences were as he was moving from childhood into adulthood; him telling it as a fable is wonderful because it connects as personal memory rather than ‘and then I did this, and then I did that’.”
The key was to craft a script in which the transitions between the two periods were handled with deftness and purpose.
“It had to have a poetic ease to it, so that no one thinks they’re going to watch a film about somebody narrating it,” says Rush. “Justin Monjo very skilfully echoed the simplicity of the childhood story into the contemporary story, taking some of Thiele’s very sensitive language and incorporating that into the screenplay. It was so visual to read. There were heart stopping moments; it's thrilling storytelling, and very emotive to see a young child being awakened into such a love of the natural world.”
The producers and director Seet wanted to shoot the film in South Australia, which would require support from the South Australian Government through the South Australian Film Corporation, as well as from Screen Australia.
“Both organisations were incredibly supportive, both financially and in our early days of working through the difficulties of financing a film,” says Michael Boughen. “Financing a film is no easy feat, and particularly one that we wanted to make with an international cast and international appeal. Audiences outside Australia generally don’t know Storm Boy as a book or a story, so the international appeal is the relationship between a boy and his best friend; a theme that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world.”
The producers were proud of the way the film was developed, produced, and the messages it will convey to Australian and international audiences, which remain true to the spirit of Thiele’s story. “If Colin Thiele was alive today,” says Matthew Street, “I hope he would give the film his blessing.”
Michael Boughen adds: “A wonderful script was the starting point, then having Shawn on board, then Geoffrey, and the rest of the incredible cast and crew. There wasn't a day that I didn't enjoy filming, in watching scenes come together. I'm incredibly excited and very, very proud of what we achieved.”
About the Cast
Multi-talented Jai Courtney has starred in many international feature films, making his international debut as Charlie in the action film Jack Reacher. He then went on to star in A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent and Suicide Squad. He is currently appearing on stage in Melbourne Australia, starring in Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Courtney has been cast as Hideaway Tom, a protective father who removes himself and his son from society and chooses to live on the remote coastline of the Coorong.
Finn Little is an 11-year-old Australian actor born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland. Awarded the Outstanding Drama Performance in his age group for his character piece at the Brisbane Eisteddfod, Finn is making his feature film debut with STORM BOY.
Geoffrey is among only 22 people internationally who have been awarded the Triple Crown of Acting – an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. He has received four Oscar nominations (The King’s Speech 2011; Quills 2001; Shakespeare In Love 1999 and Shine for which he won Best Actor in 1997).
In 2005 his portrayal of the title role in HBO’s The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers earned him an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. In 2007 he starred in Ionesco’s Exit The King at the Malthouse in Melbourne and Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. After a triumphant season in New York in 2009, Geoffrey received a Tony Award as Best Actor for his Broadway debut.
He has won 3 BAFTAS, 2 Golden Globes, four SAG awards,
2 AFI Awards, and two Helpmann awards for recent work in Australian theatre.
Since 2003 he has played the swashbuckling Captain Barbossa in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates Of The Caribbean series. Other international films include Gods of Egypt, The Book Thief, The Best Offer, Munich, Intolerable Cruelty, Frida, The Banger Sisters, Elizabeth, The Tailor Of Panama, Mystery Men and Les Miserables (1998).
Australian film credits include The Daughter, The Eye Of The Storm, Bran Nue Dae, Candy, Lantana, Swimming Upstream, Ned Kelly, and Children Of The Revolution
He currently serves as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. In 2012 he was named as Australian Of The Year for his contribution to the arts, and was honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Erik Thomson is one of Australia's most respected actors across film, television and theatre.
He will next be seen in the third season of the highly popular series 800 Words for Network Seven. His other recent credits include Wayne Hope's feature Now Add Honey, the AACTA Award winning first series of The Code, and Rowan Wood's mini-series The Broken Shore adapted from the Peter Temple novel.
Erik's film credits include Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back opposite Clive Owen, Cate Shortland's Somersault with Sam Worthington, The Black Balloon opposite Toni Collette, Accidents Happen with Geena David, Beautiful and We're Here To Help.
For his outstanding performance in Somersault, Erik was awarded the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 and was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2008, Erik was again nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the multi-award winning film The Black Balloon. Erik was also nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film for We're Here To Help, and Best Actor in a TV Drama for The Million Dollar Conman at the 2008 NZ Film Awards.
Erik was awarded the Silver Logie in 2016 for his performance as 'George Turner' in 800 Word and in 2003 for his performance as 'Dr Mitch Stevens' in the television drama series All Saints. He has been nominated a further seven times for the silver logie for Most Popular Actor Award and in 2011 he was also nominated for the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. Erik is well known for his role as the head of the Rafter family in Australia's top rating TV drama Packed To The Rafters and his other television credits include; The Alice, Blackjack, Dead Memory, MDA, Through My Eyes, The Million Dollar Conman, Wildside, 13 Gantry Road, Pacific Drive, Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Erik's theatre credits include the sold out season of The Speechmaker for the Melbourne Theatre Company; The Splinter, Julius Caesar, Twelve Angry Men, All My Sons, Angels In America, School For Scandal, Hamlet, and Gypsy.
Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Trevor Jamieson is an incredibly multi-talented artist. An award winning actor across theatre, film and TV, he is also a didgeridoo player, guitarist, singer, dancer and storyteller.
First seen on the screen in 1994 in the TV mini-series Heartland with Cate Blanchett, Trevor went on to star in Phillip Noyce’s Golden Globe nominated Rabbit-Proof Fence and Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae. Consistently working across both TV and film, he has also starred in the AACTA Award winning series Cleverman and the AACTA and Logie award winning series’ The Secret River and Lockie Leonard.
Starring in over 30 theatre productions, in 2008 Trevor won the Sydney Theatre Awards best actor gong for his acclaimed production Napartji Napartji – a personal, multilingual, family story that he conceived and developed with Scott Rankin and Alex Kelly. He was also nominated in 2010 for Namatjira, which Trevor also performed at Southbank, London in 2013.
In 2013, Trevor starred in the stage adaption of Storm Boy as Fingerbone Bill, in both Sydney and Perth as well as The Secret River. Most recently he was seen on stage in The Season, as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.
About the Crew
Shawn Seet / Director
Award winning director, Shawn Seet saw the original Storm Boy after he moved to Australia as a boy of 12. The feature film, based on the celebrated classic novel by Colin Thiele has stayed with Shawn as a memorable and moving piece of cinema.
Shawn's debut feature Two Fists, One Heart received critical acclaim and a Best Feature Film Direction nomination from the ADG. He has been awarded by the ADG for Drama Direction for Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities and by AACTA for Best Direction Television Drama for The Code. The telemovie Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for Shine and the Seven Network has garnered Shawn both AACTA and AWG wins for Best Director.
Shawn's television credits include: The Secret Life of Us, Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities, Business as Usual, Underbelly-Razor, Underbelly- Squizzy, My Place, Slide, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Camp, Love Child, The Code, Hiding, Deep Water and the Olivia Newton-John Telemovie.
Matthew Street – Producer
Matthew Street is Managing Director of Omnilab Media, Australia's privately owned, integrated media and entertainment company and Ambience Entertainment. Matthew's project credits include: KILLER ELITE (Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham); TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN; THE LOVED ONES, DYING BREED; DYLAN DOG; DEAD OF NIGHT; Academy Award nominated THE MESSENGER; W and THE BANK JOB.
Michael Boughen – Producer
Michael Boughen has worked as a writer and producer in the entertainment industry in the UK, New Zealand and Australia in his 35 year career. He has written stage plays, TV drama and films. He wrote and produced DYING BREED then produced THE LOVED ONES, TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN and KILLER ELITE. He recently produced the 6 x 1 hour TV series TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN for the ABC.
Justin Monjo – Writer
Justin is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. He has won four Australian Writer’s Guild Awards, a Green Room award and several overseas awards. His play “Cloudstreet” (with Nick Enright) was a National and International hit (playing in London twice, Dublin, NYC and Washington DC).
Justin Co-Executive produced the most successful Australian/US television show ever, “Farscape” (winner of two Saturn awards), and his latest mini-series “INXS - Never Tear Us Apart” was the highest rating mini-series in Australia in 2014. In 2015 Justin had his mini-series “Peter Allen - Not The Boy Next Door” filmed along with the feature film directed by Stephen Page called “Spear”. Justin’s 2016 television credits include “Tomorrow, When the War Began” for the ABC, “The Secret Daughter” and the movie “Brock”.
Directed By: SHAWN SEET
Produced By: MATTHEW STREET, MICHAEL BOUGHEN
Screenplay By: JUSTIN MONJO
Based on the original Novella: STORM BOY, BY COLIN THIELE
Executive Producers: ROBERT SLAVIERO, GEOFFREY RUSH, CHRISTOPHER FIGG,
ROBERT WHITEHOUSE, JUSTIN DEIMEN, SHERMAN NG
Casting: ANN ROBINSON, MULLINARS CONSULTANTS
Costume Designer : LOUISE MCCARTHY
Production Designer: MELINDA DORING
Director Of Photography: BRUCE YOUNG ACS
Editor: DENISE HARATZIS ASE
Composer: Alan John
Co-Producer: PAUL RANFORD
Associate Producer: KYLIE MASCORD
Makeup & Hair Designer: TRACY PHILLPOT
1st Assistant Director: CHRIS WEBB
Line Producer: PAUL RANFORD
Co-Executive Producers: CHAN GIN KAI, TERENCE KONG, JEREMY SIM
Storm Boy: FINN LITTLE
Hideaway Tom: JAI COURTNEY
Michael Kingley: GEOFFREY RUSH
Malcom Downer: ERIK THOMSON
Jasper Davies: BRAD WILLIAMS
Susan Franklin: NATASHA WANGANEEN
Reporter #1: NICK LAUNCHBURY
Reporter #2: EMMA BARGERY
Fingerbone Bill: TREVOR JAMIESON
Madeline Downer: MORGANA DAVIES
Mrs Marks: MICHELLE NIGHTINGALE
Mildew: MIRAEDE BHATIA-WILLIAMS
School Girl #1: LUCA SARDELIS
School Girl #2: GEORGINA GIESSAUF
Cal Evans: PAUL BLACKWELL
Julie Sims: CHANTAL CONTOURI
Mining Company Lawyer: ALIRIO ZAVARCE
Murujuga Lawyer: SIMONE ANNAN
Young Storm Boy: EDWARD BOEHM
Jenny: ANNA BAMPTON
Belle: LUCY COWAN
Sonia: KSENJA LOGOS
Murray: RORY WALKER
Pearl: MARTHA LOTT
Hunter #1: BRENDAN ROCK
Hunter #2: JAMES SMITH
Angela: CAROLINE MIGNONE
Special appearance as Fingerbone Bill's Dad: DAVID GULPILIL
Hideaway Tom Stunt Double: BEN SMITH-PETERSEN
Storm Boy Double: COLT BULLEN
Art Director: JANIE PARKER
Set Decorator: GLEN W JOHNSON
Props Master: PETER MALATESTA
Production Coordinator: MEGAN HUITEMA
Production Accountant: SANDI ARCHER
Location Manager: MARK EVANS
Second Assistant Director: JOSHUA WATKINS
Script Supervisor: SUSIE STRUTH
Script Editor: MICHAEL BOUGHEN
Assistant Location Manager: SARAH ABBEY
Assistant Production Coordinators: SAMANTHA MAREE BARKER, ANGELA RODGER
Production Secretary: TIM HODGSON
Third Assistant Director: JAMES DUBAY
Assistant to Producers: NIKKI YEN
Support Casting: ANGELA & LOUISE HEESOM
Extra Casting: HEESOM CASTING
Casting Associate: HANNAH CHARLTON
A Camera Operator: BRUCE YOUNG ACS
B Camera/Steadicam: ANDREW 'AJ' JOHNSON
1st Assistant Camera A: PIM KULK
1st Assistant Camera B: JULES WURM
2nd Assistant Camera A: MIRA SOULIO
2nd Assistant Camera B: SAM STEINLE
Videosplit Operators: ADRIAN PINTO, MIK GOJIC
Videosplit Attachment: CHRIS DANIELS
1st Assistant Editor: KAREN MCKAY
Assistant Editor: KRYSTLE PENHALL
Digital Image Technician: BEN HUNT
Gaffer: ANDY ROBERTSON
Best Boy Electrics: JOHN O'DONOGHUE
Electrics: CHRIS WALSINGHAM, MAX GERSBACH, JOSH KOSTER
Key Grip: MATT RICHARDSON
Best Boy Grip: MARCUS BOSISTO
Grip Assistants: DJANGO NOU, MATAN TATARKO, CHRIS LEVER
Sound Recordist: DES KENNEALLY
Boom Operator: NICK STEELE
2nd Boom Operator: LEIGH KENYON
Costume Supervisor: ANITA SEILER
Costume Cutter/Dresser: TRACEY RICHARDSON
Key Costume Standby: BRONWYN CAMERON
Assistant Costume Standby: SAMANTHA VAN GYEN
Art Finisher: JOLYON AURI
Costume Maker: RON MORRISON
Costume Sewer: DENISE STRAWHAN
Key Makeup & Hair Artist: JEN ROSSITER
Hair & Make Up Assistant: KAREN GOWER
Art Department Coordinator: DAVID OCKENDEN
Set Designer: PRUE PARSONS
Senior Buyer Dresser: BEN CRABTREE
Set Decorator Attachment/Buyer Dresser: JONATHON HYDE NEARY
Set Decoration Buyer: CASSIE SIBBIN
Greens Supervisor: GLENN JOHNSON
Props Maker: GREG SWEENEY
Standby Props: JAMES COX
Standby Props Assistant: YURI POETZL
Graphic Designer: BOWEN ELLAMES
Art Department Runner: TOM HEALEY
Production Designer Attachment/Graphic Designer: ALEXANDRA HICKMOTT
Art Director Attachment: KAIIT MOSBY
Construction Manger: MATT LANDRETH
Foreman: ERIC GITTINS
Carpenters: SCOTT PENTLAND, LINSAY BERGE
Trade Assistant: LYALL ADONIS
Scenic Artist: MICHAEL WOLFF
Set Finisher: PETER ANDREWS
Sign Writer: BRIAN ROBERTSON
Animal Supervision: ZELIE AND CRAIG BULLEN, ANIMALS ALL AROUND
Pelican Trainers: CRAIG BULLEN, PAUL MANDER
Assistant Pelican Trainer: JULIA BUREY
Animal Supervisors Assistant: RENAE KNOWLES
Pelican Biological Consultant: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GREG JOHNSTON
DEWNR Consultant: FIONA FUHLBOHM
Veterinarian: IAN SMITH, ADELAIDE ZOO, DIANNE HAKOF
SFX Supervisor: PETER STUBBS
SFX OHS/Senior Technician: GARRY MARTIN
Senior SFX Technicians: TIM O'BRIEN, JEFF LITTLE
Unit Manager: RICHIE YOUNG
Assistant Unit Manager: TOBY MOORE
Unit Assistants: ADAM LEWIS, IAN LOVERING, CLAY DUNN, HARRY GRAY
Safety Supervisor/Unit Nurse: JEN BICHARD
Safety Assistant: KEITH BICHARD
Stunt Coordinator: LAWRENCE WOODWARD
Accounts Assistant: LAUREN SMEATON
Production Runners: AMY GODDARD, JAMES RUSH
Assistant Director/Cast Assistant: JOEL BROWN
Cast Assistant: CLAIRE FROMM
1st Assistant Director Attachment: STEPHANIE KEMP
Tutor: JUSTIN STONE
First Peoples Consultants: SUSAN MOYLAN-COOMBS, LEE-ANN BUCKSKIN
Ngarrindjeri Cultural Consultant: MAJOR 'MOOGY' SUMNER
Kaurna Cultural Consultant: CECIL GRAHAM
Ngarrindjeri Langage Consultants: RITA LINDSAY, PHYLLIS WILLIAMS
Marine Transport Coordinator: GRAHAM DAY
Picture Boat Coordinator: ALAN EDWARDS, GOOLWAY SLIPWAY
Skippers: DANIEL EASTON, LIZ LIVINGSTON, RODERICK 'DINGLES' DENNIS
Vehicle Wrangler: BRAD HALSTEAD
Picture Vehicle Sourcing: GARY BAXTER
Armoury: EXPLOSIVE EFFECTS
Art Casual Swing: SCOTT HEGARTY
Helicopter Pilot: BEN FULLICK, HELISTAR
Limousine Driver: ADAM LITCHFIELD
Pelican Stuffy Build: PAUL TREFRY, CREATURE NFX WORKSHOP
Pelican Sculptor/Fabricator: BELINDA VILLANI
Stuffy Handler: DAN CARLISLE
Screen Graphics: DAVID IVERSEN
Title Graphics: MARCH FACCHIN
Art Department Stills: MATT NETTHEIM
Additional Art Stills: MARCUS BOSISTO
Art Department Clearances: ANNA McEWAN
Art Department Intern: LOTTE SWEENEY
Caterer: SONY MARSHALL, DIRECTORS CUT
Catering Assistants: PHIL PIKE, MARK HARDING
Unit Publicists: FIONA NIX
Communications Director: COURTNEY MAYHEW
Stills Photographer: MATT NETTHEIM
EPK Producer: BELINDA MACKEY
EPK Director: DAVID MACKEY
B Roll Camera: DANIEL PALMER
Remote Aerial Cinematography: HELIGUY
UAV Pilot: GUY ALEXANDER
UAV Technicians: EWAN DONNACHIE, ALASTAIR SMITH, ANTHONY DRIVER
UAV Assistant: DAVOR BREZNIK
Underwater Camera Operator: RICK RIFICI
Additional Camera Operator: ROD BOLTON
Additional 1st Assistant Camera: JOHN FOSTER
Additional 2nd Assistant Camera: SARAH MACDONALD
Post Production Facility: KOJO
Post Production Supervisor: ELENE PEPPER
Post Production Assistant: GEORGINA CUNNINGHAM
Colourist: MARTY PEPPER
Conform Editor: JADE ROBINSON
Credit Layout: ROB LAWRY
Online Editor: MARTY PEPPER
Data Management: SCOTT HEYSEN
Visual Effect By: RESIN
Visual Effects Producers: LINCOLN WOGAN & GRANT LOVERING
Visual Effects Supervisor: GRANT LOVERING
CG Supervisor: STEVE SEXTON
Visual Effects Artists: JOE APAZA, GRANT LOVERING, THOMAS MAHER, DANTE NOU,
EUGENE SANSO, BEN SAKOVITS, STEVE SEXTON, MICHAEL TAMITS
Research and VFX Editorial Assistance: ALISTAIR JAMIESON
Additional Visual Effect By: KOJO
VFX Producer: BREE WHITFORD SMITH
VFX Supervisor: MARTY PEPPER
Compositors: MARK HARMON, MARK EVANS, BRYN BAYLISS
VFX Consultants: RISING SUN PICTURES
VFX Research & Development: MIRAGE
Sound Post Facility: BEST FX
Dialogue Editor/Re-recording Mixer: PETE BEST
Dialogue/Effects Assistant Editor: BELINDA TRIMBOLI
Atmosphere Editor: DUNCAN CAMPBELL
Effects Editor/Additional Atmos: ALICIA SLURSARSKI
Additional Effects Editor: TOM HEUZENROEDER
Re-recording Mixer: GETHIN CREAGH
Foley Studios: FEET 'N' FRAMES
Foley Recordist: LISA SIMPSON
Foley Artist: JOHN SIMPSON
Music Composed and Orchestrated By: ALAN JOHN
Produced and Mixed By: STEVE FRANCIS
Score Performed By: ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with
Soloists: ALICIA CROSSLEY, RECORDERS MARSHALL MCGUIRE, HARP DARYL PRATT, VIBRAPHONE &
MARIMBA PHIL SLATER, SOLO TRUMPET ALAN JOHN, PIANO, CELESTA & HARMONIUM
Conducted By: BENJAMIN NORTHEY
Recorded at: ABC COLLINSWOOD STUDIOS, ADELAIDE
Recording Engineered By: MICK WORDLEY, TOM HENRY
Vocals Devised and Performed By: TREVOR JAMIESON
Ngarrindjeri Lyrics By: MAJOR 'MOOGY' SUMNER
Music Preparation: JIGSAW MUSIC
Orchestral Realisations By: JESSICA WELLS, CLIFFORD BRADLEY, STEVEN BAKER
'Bapa': Written and Performed by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
© SFM Publishing, licensed by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd
'Vive y Baila': Written by Max Pizzolante featuring Beto Perez
© Pizzo Music Publishing
Walla Group By: School Students, Amaya Laundy-Best, Elijah DeKoning, Hannah McMillan, Loop Group, Eddie Bannon,
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Insurance: HW WOOD- TONY GIBBS, JOYCE STEELE
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'Lord of the Flies’ Author William Golding
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THE PRODUCERS WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE
Graeme Mason, Shana Levine, Sally Caplan, Kelly Vincent
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORPORATION (SAFC)
Annabelle Sheehan, Adam Smith, Michelle Krumm
NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
COORONG NATION PARK DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Ranger: Tim Harman, Parks Licensing Officer: Shez Hobbs
NGARRINDJERI REGIONAL AUTHORITY & NGARRINGJERI HERITAGE COMMITTEE
CEO: Clyde Rigney Jr, Grant Rigney, Chariman NHC: Eunice Aston, Heritage Specialist: Candice Love
Cast and Crew Welcome to Country by Rita Lindsay, Michael Lindsay and the Rritjarukar (Willy Wagtails) Dancers
Acknowledgement of Ngarrindjeri Language Contributions by Miwi-inyeri Pelepi-ambi Aboriginal Corporation (MIPAAC), Phyllis Williams, Mary-Anne Gale, Archie Kartinyeri, Vicky Hartman, Georgie Trevorrow, Sandy Wilson, Kelli Owen, Ashum Owen, Kathy Rigney
THE KAURNA NATION
Special thanks to Jeffrey Newchurch and Colin Darcy
Mayor Keith Parkes, Kelly Robinson, Janet Alexander, Alan Harvey
THE COORONG DISTRICT COUNCIL
Mayor Neville Jaensch
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS OF THE STRAND PORT ELLIOT
Jeannie & Geoff Kirkman, Brent Tamblyn, Patrick Burgess, Carol Nelson & Port Elliot Institute Hall & Port Elliot Hotel
STEAM RANGER HERITAGE RAILWAY (Cockle Train)
Driver: Ian Johnson
CITY OF ONKAPARINGA COUNCIL
Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club
Roch Cheroux, Emma Brown, Sam Pickup, Lisa-Renee Robertson, Titanium Security
SCOTCH COLLEGE ADELAIDE
Katrina Rowbottom, Julie Dolphin
ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL
Road Events Coordinator: Mark Di Gianni
Catholic Church Endowment Society Inc City of Marion
Andrew & Sandra Elia
CITY OF MITCHAM COUNCIL
Brownhill Creek Recreation Park
Mitcham Cemetery – Anglican Diocese of Adelaide
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Vincent Ciccarello, Guy Ross, Simon Lord, Karen Frost, Bruce Stewart
Volunteers of Armfield Wooden Boats & Slipway, Goolwa
Coorong Cruises & Spirit of the Coorong
Goolwa Pipico & Hoad Fisheries
Landcare Hindmarsh Island
Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club, Phil ‘Salty’ Ball & Gavin Cousins
Phillip Hunter, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Artworks used with permission courtesy of
GagProjects & contributing Artists Ariel Hassan & Paul Hoban
Worth Gallery & contributing Artists John Lacey, Madeline Collopy, Tegan Empson, Maggie Cecchin, Isingyah Temple
Other Artworks contributed by Alaska Young, Tayla Broekman, Cathy McMurray, Kyoko Imazu, Yasmin Grass, Fruszi Kenez
Julia Sant-Mire, Meredith Cain for their contributions to our costume department
Ben Kenny at Film Club
Special thanks to Grahame and Sue Mapp, Christopher Mapp, Penny Mapp, Jon Adams, Tom Hegarty, Tony Winley, Peter D Graves, Ben Smith, Sahben & DC Tour, Darren Dale
THANK YOU TO ALL THE RESIDENTS AND TOWNSPEOPLE OF GOOLWA, HINDMARSH ISLAND AND PORT ELLIOT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Filmed on location in The Coorong National Park, Goolwa, Port Elliot, Port Noarlunga, Adelaide and at the Adelaide Studios, South Australia
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Movie review written by Jillyn Sidlo
The Best of Enemies
STX Films, Astute Films and Material Pictures present a PG-13, 133 minute, Biography, Drama, History film directed by Robin Bissell, adaptation by Bissell and book by Osha Gray Davidson with a theatre release date of April 5, 2019.
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Productions and Infinite Detective present a PG, 112 minute, Family, Fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, screenplay by Ehren Kruger and novel by Helen Aberson with a theatre release date of March 29, 2019.
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Mary Queen of Scots
Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures and Working Title Films present an R rated, 124 minute, Biography, Drama, History film, directed by Josie Rourke, screenplay by Beau Willimon and based on the book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John Guy with a theatre release date of December 7, 2018.
Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
Crazy Rich Asians
Warner Bros. Pictures, Color Force, Ivanhoe Pictures and SK Global present a 120 minute, PG-13, Comedy, Romance, Drama, directed by Jon M. Chu, screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim with a theatre release date of August 15, 2018.
A24 TO DONATE 5% OF FLORIDA PROJECT PROCEEDS TO COMMUNITY HOPE CENTER
FIRST WEEK SALES OF FILM WILL GO TO HOMELESSNESS RELIEF ORGANIZATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 30th, 2018
A24 will donate 5% of proceeds from first week digital sales of Sean Baker’s award-winning film The Florida Project to the Community Hope Center, an organization that assists families that are either homeless or living in motels along Osceola County's Highway 192 corridor, where the film was shot.
The Community Hope Center’s primary emphasis is serving the homeless and those living in motels and hotels. Through programs designed to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in Central Florida, the Center uses a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance, and life skills. The program—a collaborative effort between local churches, social service agencies, Osceola County, the city governments, and community businesses—is intended to provide gap services that other agencies are not currently providing. Find more information at http://hope192.com/
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rag-tag gang of friends. Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. With The Florida Project, Sean Baker gives life and a voice to a community rarely seen on screen. Through the eyesof Moonee, Halley, and Bobby, Baker has created a spellbinding and transformative portrait of contemporary lives lived in the margins. The Florida Project declares, boldly and proudly, that anywhere can be a Magic Kingdom—it just depends on how you see it.
Willem Dafoe’s performance in The Florida Project has been called a “career best” and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The Florida Project appeared on over 200 Top 10 lists and was named the Best Film of the Year by The New York Times.
The title is now exclusively available to own in digital HD before it is released on DVD and Blu‑ray. Buy the film between 1/30 and 2/5 on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, Fandango, Comcast, and Verizon to help support families in need.
The Stray movie to open nationwide this Fall
Experience the power of one dog to change everything
(June 15, 2017) LOS ANGELES, CA.. Struck Films, Purdie Distribution and Motive Entertainment announce the upcoming release of The Stray, a heartwarming family film written and directed by Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven) based on a screenplay by Parker Davis with Ken Brailsford executive producing.
Set for release in select markets in the United States on October 6, 2017, The Stray tells the true story of how a one stray dog impacts a struggling family.
That stray dog is “Pluto” who comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, which is on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ), is a career-driven personality who’s neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Everwood, The Judge) is at her wit’s end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it?
In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the “wonderdog” manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog - he’s a guardian angel.
The Stray received the Dove Family Approved seal for its portrayal of positive values and is a film you can take your entire family to see.
“The Stray is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and making time for family,” said Donna Rolfe, Dove Foundation.
“It’s really not a stretch to say that Pluto gave me my life back,” said Mitch Davis. “He saved me and my family in more ways than one. And although The Stray reflects my personal story, I know there countless families across America who could say the same thing about a pet that greatly impacted them with its unconditional love - which is why I hope families will see this film together.”
Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.
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Festival to benefit L.A. nonprofit, Michelson Found Animals Foundation
Bennington, Vermont (TBD, 2017) – Following overwhelming success last year in Los Angeles, and a national tour to 10 cities in 2016, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will be returning to the City of Angels on August 5th, 2017.
WHAT:Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will feature two programs each with a different medley of documentary, animated and live-action short canine-themed films from around the world. The films illuminate human-canine love and are uplifting, with happy outcomes. Each program runs approximately 75 minutes.
WHEN: Saturday, August 5th
5 p.m. “Outdoors and Adventures with Dogs”
7 p.m. “Who Rescued Whom?”
WHERE: Writer’s Guild Theater at 135 So. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills
WHO: NY Dog Film Festival™ Founder/ Director Tracie Hotchner, a well-known pet wellness advocate and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know,willbring local dog aficionados together to share a communal experience of watching short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs.
WHY: The NY Dog Film Festival™ shares Founder/Director Tracie Hotchner’s appreciation of the love between dogs and their people, while giving a portion of every ticket to local animal welfare group, Michelson Found Animals, to help support their life-saving animal efforts.
COST: Tickets are $15 per program, with a portion of every ticket going to Michelson Found Animals.
“I’m delighted to bring together animal lovers in the community to experience the many ways that people love and need their dogs, while recognizing Michelson Found Animals’ great work in keeping pets and their people together,” said Hotchner, who is also the host/producer of 10 pet talk radio shows on her Radio Pet Lady Network (including her award-winning NPR show DOG TALK).
“We’ve seen firsthand what a passionate community of pet lovers we have here in Los Angeles,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director Michelson Found Animals. “We’re so excited to have the festival return to Los Angeles and thrilled to be a part of this entertaining celebration of the human-animal bond.”
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About the NY Dog Film Festival
In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival™ premiered in New York City, which grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. Hotchner created the Festival as a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience the remarkable human-canine bond on film. The NY Dog Film Festival™ shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters wherever it travels.
About Michelson Found Animals
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a nonprofit supporting pet owners and animal welfare organizations with the mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, they continue to grow and find innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, they now have their own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology and sell affordable high quality products – all in the service of pets. Their unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows them to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this possible thanks to the generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.
See how they’re using their brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at foundanimals.org. To learn more about their free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. The spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, visit adoptandshop.org.
The Impossible Karaoke challenge with DESPICABLE ME 3?
Starting today, fans can record themselves singing along with the Minions and submit their video at DespicableMeChallenge.com for a chance to be featured on the Despicable Me social pages.
Please be sure to scroll down to unlock the new #DespicableMeChallenge Snapchat Lens!
Click on link http://talkinpets.com/new/movies-reviews.html to see the sing-a-long video
DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30, 2017
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. www.despicable.me
Genre: 3D-CG Comedy-Adventure
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews
Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director: Eric Guillon
Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Executive Producer: Chris Renaud