Storm Boy boat lovingly restored

The remake of the 1976 film, 'Storm Boy', was released nationally on January 17, depicting the remarkable story of a lonely boy living on a secluded coastal area with his father.

His life changed when he rescued an orphan pelican, Mr Percival and formed an extraordinary bond with the bird.

The boat that featured in the film, HideAway II, was beautifully restored in record time for the production, by the passionate volunteers of Armfield Slip and Boatshed in Goolwa.

Among a number of refurbishments, they added a cabin to make it look like an authentic fishing boat from the 1950s. Long hours were spent by the dedicated group to achieve the vision of the film’s production company.

The boat from the original ‘Storm Boy’ film from 1976, HideAway, is also under the care and control of Armfiled Slip and Boatshed.

In exciting news, both boats will be displayed at the 2019 South Australian Wooden Boat Festival on 27 and 28 April 2019 in Goolwa – ‘Heart of Storm Boy Country.’

Get up close with these iconic vessels that are now part of Australian cinematography history and try to spot Mr Percival gliding between the hundreds of amazing wooden boats at the 2019 South Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Victor Harbor played host to a special screening of the newly released film, with a screening held at Victa Cinema on January 7. The sold out screening was packed with over 500 attendees. 

In attendance at the screening was Director Shawn Seet and stars of the film, Trevor Jamieson (Fingerbone Bill) and Finn Little (Storm Boy).

The remake of the 1976 classic based on the book by Colin Thiele, also stars Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney. 

Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism executive officer Nat Kirby collaborated to get the special screening in the region.

“It’s well documented that film tourism is on the increase and a tourist destination where a feature film has been shot, can increase visitation anywhere from 25 per cent to 200 per cent,” she said. The community screening sold out in less than 24 hours. 

HIDEAWAY II: The vessel featured in Storm Boy pictured with volunteers from Armfield Boatshed and Slipway Goolwa. Photo: Supplied.

HIDEAWAY II: The vessel featured in Storm Boy pictured with volunteers from Armfield Boatshed and Slipway Goolwa. Photo: Supplied.