Rid­ing the Storm front

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lucy Ruther­ford

FOR Wa-born ac­tor Trevor Jamieson, play­ing Finger­bone Bill in the iconic Aus­tralian story Storm Boy is a boy­hood dream come true.

“As a kid in the ’80s, I re­mem­ber watch­ing the 1976 film and see­ing David Gulpilil for the first time as Finger­bone Bill; he has an amaz­ing mag­i­cal en­ergy and I said ‘I want to be like him’,” he said.

“I was amazed at this story of this kid and this pel­i­can be­cause that’s sort of how I grew up.

“My fam­ily is from the bush and they told all these sto­ries of how to live along­side the land and to have a re­la­tion­ship with the world and the an­i­mals around you.”

Be­fore ap­pear­ing as Finger­bone Bill in the new film adap­ta­tion of the 1964 book by Colin Thiele, Jamieson first had the op­por­tu­nity to play the char­ac­ter on stage in the Bark­ing Gecko The­atre Com­pany and Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion in 2013.

“They are two dif­fer­ent roles on stage and in front of the cam­era,” he said.

“When you’re on stage, you have to am­plify the way you per­form so peo­ple can hear you at the back, whereas in the film you’ve got the bar­rel of the lens look­ing at you and it picks up every­thing, so you can af­ford to be quite sub­tle.”

Jamieson said one of the main mes­sages of the film was fam­ily.

“It’s about how to be close to your fam­ily, how to not dis­re­gard your fam­ily,” he said.

“Hope­fully when peo­ple watch the film, they will go on this jour­ney of fam­ily with the char­ac­ters and think about how to love their own fam­ily and spend qual­ity time with them.”

The film is set in the Coorong in South Aus­tralia and Jamieson’s first step in prepa­ra­tion for the role was to con­tact the cus­to­di­ans of the land.

“Be­fore we started film­ing, I started speak­ing the lan­guage; I was given some lessons by the El­ders of the Ngar­rind­jeri tribe,” he said.

Storm Boy is in cin­e­mas from Jan­uary 17.

Trevor Jamieson in Storm Boy.

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