The Australian High Commission in Apia treated Samoan Colleges to special screenings of Australian film Storm Boy this month.
The movie was shown at various schools around Upolu and Savai’i including Avele College, Safata College, Aana 2 College, Alofi o Taoa College, Asau College and Palauli College.
A final screening was held at Apollo Cinemas on Friday [24 June] for students from Loto Taumafai, Aoga Fiamalamalama, Leifiifi College and Wesley College.
This is the second year that the Australian High Commission has screened an Australian film in schools around Samoa. Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford said the screenings were an opportunity for Samoan students to learn about life in Australia and the importance of protecting the natural environment and enjoy a positive story about friendship across cultures.
Storm Boy was released in 1976 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film in 1977.
Storm Boy is based on a children’s book by Colin Thiele about a boy and his pelican and was filmed in South Australia’s Coorong, near the mouth of the Murray River.
The Australian High Commission thanks the South Australian Film Corporation for generously providing the screening rights for Storm Boy.