Storm Boy remake planned 40 years after original won best film

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Actor Greg Rowe and his pelican co-star Mr Percival in the Coorong. (Supplied: National Film and Sound Archive)
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Storm Boy older in planned remakeA Storm Boy remake is due to be filmed next year, in which an older Mike Kingsley recounts his pelican adventures to his wayward granddaughter.”If you’re on a good story then it’s worth having a go at and looking at it with a contemporary voice,” Ms Lake said.She said the original resonated with the public at the time of its release and remained popular today.Storm Boy was an early success story for the South Australian Film Corporation, which she said had been given a brief by then-premier Don Dunstan to focus on South Australian stories and Australian culture.”It certainly nailed that criteria,” Ms Lake said of the film.Other SA Film Corporation successes included Sunday Too Far Away and Breaker Morant, corporation chief executive Annabelle Sheehan said, while the latest efforts are being directed increasingly to audiences online.”In the last year we have had the production of five iView ABC series — three comedies and two documentaries — and there’s going to be an online series announced very soon,” she said. Photo:
Pelicans and the tranquil landscape of the Coorong made for some great Australian storytelling, first in a novel and then as a film. Four decades after the Australian movie Storm Boy premiered in Adelaide and led what was later considered by many to have been a renaissance for the nation’s film industry, a remake is in the planning.Adapted from Colin Thiele’s 1964 novel, it told the story of a young boy and a pelican living in the Coorong region at the Murray mouth.The film set a new standard for South Australian production and won best film at the Australian Film Industry Awards.”The success of the film comes from its innocence,” curator at the National Film and Sound Archive, Gayle Lake, said.”There was great identification there in terms of Australian culture — somewhat isolated from the rest of the world.”She praised the work of the actors and director.”Greg Rowe as Storm Boy, as Mike, it was such a lovely performance and he very definitely, with the support of director Henri Safran, really nailed that level of innocence and willingness to see the best, to experience the best of his environment,” she said.

Medical grad hopes to be community’s first Indigenous doctor

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“A lot of my father’s generation, that’s a significant aspect of their burden of disease, that alcoholism is quite significant and that played a large part into him being unwell for quite a long time when he was only in his 50s and 60s.”Living in that first hand and seeing what alcohol does and substance use does and the impact that it has on health, and then also being in a rural setting and the access that you have to health.”I think that it probably played — maybe on a sub-conscious level — quite a big part in me wanting to study medicine.”After her father’s death Ms Barunga spent the year at home with family in Derby, juggling university work and practical experience at the local hospital.”When you look back at it now the really tough times and the obstacles make you stronger and make you who you are,” she said.”I think that it definitely will shape me as a doctor and as a person and for the better I think, more than for the worst.”Ms Barunga will spend the next year at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as an intern before she can eventually make her way back to the Kimberley.Broome-raised Bianca Howard, whose grandmother was part of the stolen generation, is also graduating from medicine this weekend.She is proud to be part of a record-breaking cohort but hopes it is just the beginning.”In previous years there’s only been one or two, maybe three Indigenous students graduating, and to now have six is amazing and lots more Indigenous role models out there in the community,” she said.”I definitely want to see more and more, six isn’t enough.”Marilyn Strother from the University’s School of Indigenous Studies said a record number of Aboriginal medical and law students would graduate this year, and the university was seeing increasing numbers in other areas as well, including commerce and engineering.”We have about about 25,000 students and we have 250 Indigenous students across all faculties so if we could increase that, that would be fantastic,” she said. A young Aboriginal medical graduate hopes to return to her home in a remote part of Western Australia to become the town’s first Indigenous doctor.In a record for the University of Western Australia, six Aboriginal medical students will graduate this weekend, including Vinka Barunga.The 27-year-old grew up on the outskirts of the Kimberley town of Derby, around 2,400 kilometres north of Perth, in the state’s Kimberley region.”The Kimberley is definitely where I feel like I belong,” she said.”I think my family and the people of the Kimberley, particularly the Aboriginal people is what’s really driven me to keep going for the seven years I’ve been studying medicine.”Around the country, there are less than 300 Aboriginal doctors.In Western Australia, there were less than 25 when the data was last collected in 2015.”I hope that one day it gets to a point where it’s not a significant thing that an Aboriginal person is studying medicine,” Ms Barunga said.”If I could inspire or support one person to break the cycle of poverty and go to university or TAFE, or whatever it is they want to do, then I feel like my job as a role model is complete.”Father’s alcohol abuse prompted desire to helpMs Barunga lost her father last year after years of illness which was exacerbated by alcohol abuse — something she is desperate to address.”I saw that and wanted to be a part of changing that,” she said. Photo:
Ms Barunga plans to spend a year interning at a Perth hospital before returning to the Kimberley.

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November 18, 2016 12:15:21

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Sydney ambassadors: Meet the first port of call for tourists

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Of all the questions Jim Dickie is asked by cruise ship passengers newly arrived in Sydney, “where is a public telephone” is surprisingly one of the most frequent.Mr Dickie is a Sydney ambassador — a meet-and-greet host for the tens of thousands of people who disembark at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Terminal during peak cruise season from October to April.He is one of the longest serving volunteers, having answered a newspaper callout in the Sydney Morning Herald six years ago.”I originally came here from Scotland with a wife and two very young children.”Sydney has been very good to us and I just thought that when I retired I would give something back.”What to see in SydneyMr Dickie, who himself recently returned from Honolulu on his 10th cruise holiday, said he signed up as a way to learn more about Sydney and expand his local knowledge.He now knows the best tours, walkabout routes, hotels and where the international consulates are. Photo:
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Each shipload of passengers injects around $2 million into the local economy, according to the City of Sydney, creating billions of dollars in revenue each year.In August the council along with Destination NSW and Sydney Ports called for new recruits who were put through a two-day induction course teaching them communication skills such as how to approach people.The 2016 ambassadors offer a diverse range of languages to help international tourists including German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. (702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
For passengers only in town for the day, his top tip is to hop on and off the red sightseeing bus before paying Sydney Tower a visit.”We try and find out what their interests are; somebody might be a cricket fan and wants to go see the cricket museum at the [Sydney] Cricket Ground,” Mr Dickie said.”I’ve sent Chinese people out to Cabramatta.”They’ve come off the ship and say, ‘where is Chinatown?’ and I say well it’s here, but there’s one out at Cabramatta that is far better and they can catch the train there.”Port of callMr Dickie is one of three ambassadors left in the City of Sydney’s first class of graduates from 2011.He said the State Government had since expanded the volunteer program, having seen the value of people like Mr Dickie who promoted the city to visitors as soon as they stepped off the ship. (702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
Melbourne-born Megan Nixon said she volunteered this year as she had “fallen in love with Sydney” and was looking to do something outdoors.”The most common question so far has been where can I get a coffee in a great cafe, and where can I drop my bag.”Some German tourists wanted to know whether they could go touch a koala.”I told them they could go take a photo with one but you can’t touch it.”Like Mr Dickie, Ms Nixon said the most unusual request was for a public pay phone.While it stumped Mr Dickie the first time he was asked, he can now direct people to one located a few minutes’ walk away.He said the ambassadors have campaigned to get a pay phone installed in the terminal. Photo:
Megan Nixon’s top tip for tourists is to walk across the Harbour Bridge to take photos from the pylon. Photo:
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November 18, 2016 11:40:16

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Learning about geography and languages in her senior years has helped Karla Waterman decide her future.The 17-year-old has applied to the University of Queensland to take on a Bachelor of International Studies in 2017.”I really enjoy Japanese at school, and I like geography and languages … I saw that degree and thought it had a lot of my interests in it,” she said.”I want to go into diplomacy if possible, so I thought it’d be a good pathway into that field.”As for her immediate future, Karla’s busy packing her bags for a cruise to the Pacific Islands with a group of her friends and a couple of parents.
you’re just surrounded by people I know that are always there for you and can help you.” Watch ABC’s education forum Learning Curve tonight from 7:30pm on ABC News 24 and ABC TV in Queensland. there’s not much market so it’s an easy pick-up,” he said.He said he was feeling nervous ahead of graduation, but hoped he could go into primary school education sometime in the new year.Jack said he would mostly miss the classes.”You’re surrounded by friends and even the teachers who I would consider friends … While most people take years to get their business ventures up and running, Jack Hansen is way ahead of them.The 17-year-old has his own business selling model aircraft parts.”My dad has a club and I try to sell parts …

There will be lots to miss when thousands of Year 12 students across Queensland walk out their school gates for the final time today.While taking the chance to say goodbye to teachers and fellow students, the Class of 2016 at Redcliffe State High School also took the opportunity to dress up as their childhood heroes.It was part of a final fundraising for Give A Kid A Chance, a charity that helps low-income families equip their children for each new school yearABC News tagged along for the day and asked seven students what they will miss most about school, what they will never forget, and what they are looking forward to next. The friends, the teachers, the classes, and even the campus.


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November 18, 2016 11:53:53

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Leon Karstens was lucky enough to get a taste of life after high school this year, and he cannot wait for more.The 17-year-old spent a week in the labs of Inner Health Plus.Next year he plans to go off to university to take up software engineering.”I had my first computer when I was five and I’ve always been interested in that line of work,” he said.”It seems like a good path for me and it’s really opening up in the world.”He said he was also looking forward to continuing all the great friendships he had made along the way.”I’ve had a great friendship group so I won’t forget any of the times I had with them,” he said.”High school kind of teaches you how to keep friends as well as make them.”
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It’s something that really stuck with me the whole time,” she said.Jayd-Ann said she would greatly miss the teachers she has learned from.”No matter what even if you’re not in your class they’re always there to help and be your friend,” she said.”The students are there for you too, but it’s the teachers that stand out.” Jayd-Ann Lock was a bucket of nerves during her final week of school.”I’m really happy but also really nervous,” she said.”School’s been our life for 12 years so it’s really nerve-racking to think we’re going to leave and it’s over.”The 17-year-old has already been accepted to take on a Bachelor Of Nursing in 2017 at the Australian Catholic University in Nudgee.”I’ve wanted to do it since I was a kid.
Will O’Farrell will never forget the influence a teacher’s words and guidance can have.The 17-year-old said his geography teacher for the past three years helped him make those important decisions to pursue a double degree in creative industries starting in 2017.”Ms Columb, I’ve never had anyone who enjoyed her job so much,” he said.”Honestly she’s just a great teacher, she really helped me in my deciding, she loves her job and it’s amazing to think a teacher can have an affect on a student like that.”She definitely did make an impact on me.”Will said he had enjoyed all the experiences his schooling years provided him.”I’m going to use what I’ve learned here, going to take my experiences, good and bad, all of them, and go into the real world.”
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I’ll miss the classes … you’re just surrounded by people you know that are always there for you and can help you.

There’s so much responsibility leaning on us.
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School’s been our life for 12 years so it’s really nerve-racking to think we’re going to leave and it’s over.

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it’s time to move on with the rest of my life. It’s so exciting to move onto the next level after so long being here …
We’re just not used to the outside world because we’ve always had the routine and schedule of going to school.”I don’t think it will feel real until everyone else goes back to school next year.”The 17-year-old is hoping to study paramedicine and nursing, but is also interested in going overseas and doing aid work. Wrapping up high school is a double-edged sword for Eden Charlton-Huigens.”I’m excited for what’s going to happen next, but also extremely nervous about what’s going to happen next year,” she said.”There’s so much responsibility leaning on us.

it’s time to move on with the rest of my life.”The 17-year-old plans to defer university studies in 2017 to relax, work in retail, and squeeze in some volunteer work.She said her final year, where she was school vice-captain, was one of her best experiences.”It’s been so good getting up close with the teachers and working with them to better the school.” Grace Duroux wrapped up her final days at Redcliffe with mixed feelings.”I brought some presents for some of my teachers, just little chocolates and things,” she said.”Giving that to them it was kind of sad but it’s so exciting, seeing what’s going to happen next year …
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“We did make up a sleigh,” Ms Webb said.”Last night we did a little trial run with two of the schnauzers.”They did it very, very well — no treats required.”The Bearded Buddies of Tasmania are group number 19 in the parade.The event starts at 10:30am on Saturday and runs from Argyle Street, along Liverpool Street to Harrington Street and back along Collins Street. Hobart’s annual Christmas parade will have more beards on show than just Santa’s as the Bearded Buddies of Tasmania get ready to strut their stuff through the CBD.The Bearded Buddies of Tasmania is a walking group for schnauzers, other bearded dog breeds and their owners.The group was started by Hayley Webb after she and her black miniature schnauzer Poppy made a connection at a local cafe. “This other couple turned up in the same place we were and they had their schnauzer and their schnoodle there,” she told Helen Shield on 936 ABC Hobart.”I couldn’t help it, I had to say hello.”Since then Ms Webb has used social media to find and meet other owners of bearded dogs across Tasmania.”It’s so great that likeminded people with a common interest and love can get together,” she said.The Bearded Buddies of Tasmania Facebook group has more than 400 members and to celebrate one year since its inception, members will march through Hobart in the city’s Christmas pageant.”We’ve got people and their beardies coming from Launceston, from Bicheno …
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