Author Colin Thiele’s tale of a boy and his pelican, Storm Boy, is an Aussie classic, and many ’70s kids will remember the 1976 movie version fondly.

Now it’s the 21st century, and the story has been given an appropriate update. The new Storm Boy stars Jai Courtney, David Gulpilil (who now portrays the father of the character that he played in the first movie version) and newcomer Finn Little.

In the interview below, director Shawn Seet speaks of the challenges that they faced bringing the tale back to our screens – and wrangling pelicans.

Storm Boy is now showing in Australian cinemas.