Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sir Geoffrey Rush, Encounter Bay youngster Eddie Boehm was granted a life-changing experience when, last year, he stepped into the shoes of an iconic character.
The six-year-old will play young Mike “Storm Boy” Kingley in the remake of the iconic 1976 film Storm Boy, set to be released in September.
After months of silence, the production announced Eddie would be the film’s youngest star and one of three actors to portray the character as the film explores three stages of Storm Boy’s life.
The re-imagining of the original movie will once again put the South Coast in the spotlight, featuring Goolwa, Port Elliot and the Coorong.
Eddie was cast in the film last August, after the casting agency identified him as a suitable fit for the character.
His mother Jenny said, from there, it all happened so fast.
“After the audition, he was cast as young storm boy the next day… we were told it was great that Edward was a local and the only local cast in the movie,” she said.
“Edward did a couple of days of wardrobe fittings, hair and makeup trials, had still photos taken for the film and a few full days for shooting on location around Adelaide.”
During filming, Eddie worked with Jai Courtney, who plays Storm Boy’s father, Sir Geoffrey Rush, who plays adult Storm Boy, and Finn Little, who plays a 12-year-old Storm Boy.
Jenny said the entire cast and crew made Edward and herself very comfortable made an effort to ensure Edward was having fun.
“Edward had such a great experience working on this film… it’s a piece of Australian cinema history,” she said.
She said the entire family could not wait to see the youngster on the big screen.
“Edward and all our family are excited to see the film in September and will be attending the premiere,” she said.
“Greg and I watched the original Storm Boy with Edward and his big sisters lily and Erika after he finished filming.”
As for Edward, he said he had “such a fun time”.
“I made lots of friends, it is very exciting for me,” he said.