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When a teenaged boy learns that his mother has taken a job on a remote island off mainland Australia, he is shattered that he must leave his friends and girlfriend and come with them. But ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Marshall ... Malcolm
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Dr. Iona Duncan
Shimon Moore ... Jamie Duncan
Elspeth Ballantyne Elspeth Ballantyne ... Loopy Laura
Mariana Rego Mariana Rego ... Alison Duncan
Chelsea Bruland ... Samantha
Dion Campbell Dion Campbell ... Brad
Edmund Pegge ... Gordon Harris
Scott Harrison Scott Harrison ... Scott
Michael Habib Michael Habib ... Tony Delmarco
Bronwen James Bronwen James ... Teacher
Justin Moore Justin Moore ... Trevor
Angie Christophel Angie Christophel ... Selkie Girl
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Principal
Charlotte George Charlotte George ... Kathy


When a teenaged boy learns that his mother has taken a job on a remote island off mainland Australia, he is shattered that he must leave his friends and girlfriend and come with them. But what begins as the worst experience of his entire life becomes an important journey of discovery, as he learns that he is somehow connected with a mysterious and legendary line of Selkies - people from ancient Scotland who have the power to change into seals. Written by <leask81@hotmail.com>

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6 April 2000 (Australia) See more »

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Hylkeiden sukua See more »

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The fishing harbour location was filmed at Granite Island off Victor Harbour in South Australia which is about fifty kilometres further south of Port Noarlunga or about one hour's drive from the state's capital city of Adelaide. See more »


References Storm Boy (1976) See more »

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Child star takes the spotlight in feel good family romp
21 October 2010 | by sjbar7-713-605525See all my reviews

Tragically omniscient in its storyline, Selkie tells the story of a seal boy who tries to fit in on the land. How director Donald Crombie anticipated the pertinent social issues in Australian and US boarder control on the horizon, and translated so brilliantly into film, is a question for the gods - for they too know of things to come. Adding to this precognition of Crombie, are other great themes of friendship, the woes of being a teenager and the harrows of being an outcast.

A particular stand-out in this film is the character of the classic film-rebel on a motorbike - played convincingly by one Mariana Rego - question as you watch, the familiar shuffle of James Dean in her walk, and the smile of a circa-10 things I hate about you-young Heath Leger, is this Australias best child actress? Knowing she has grown up now, one begs the question - where is she now? Not even the precognitive ability of one Donald Crombie could anticipate where her life would head from the humble origins of Selkie, but one hopes that flare (or Bunsen burner) for acting is still burning deep within her soul.

Finishing with a feel-good family romp of a song, this film ticks many of the boxes, or 6 out of 10 to be specific - enjoyed by some!

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