From writer Boyd Quakawoot, director Tanith Glynn-Maloney and produced by Meg O’Connell and Drew Grove, the Stan Original Film Windcatcher marks Stan’s first project with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation under their initiative.

L to R: Kelton Pell, Max Turner, Ngali Shaw, Lennox Monaghan, Jessica Mauboy
L to R: Kelton Pell, Max Turner, Ngali Shaw, Lennox Monaghan, Jessica Mauboy

October 6 2023 - Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) today announced that Australian singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy will join the cast of the Stan Original Film Windcatcher, a family feature film and Stan’s first co-commission with ACTF since their landmark partnership, with major production investment from Screen Australia, ACTF and in association with VicScreen. 

Jessica Mauboy returns to the screen in her first film since The Sapphires, and is joined by Lennox Monaghan, Max Turner (F.A.N.G (From A Nearby Galaxy)), Coco Greenstone (I Am Woman), Kelton Pell (Mystery Road: Origin), Pia Miranda (Looking for Alibrandi), Ngali Shaw (The Twelve) and Lisa Maza (Wentworth). 

Jessica Mauboy
Jessica Mauboy

The first partnership between ACTF and a streaming service in Australia, the Stan and ACTF initiative brings exciting, feature-length live action projects to the screen for families and young audiences across Australia. 

Written by Boyd Quakawoot (Stan Original Series Black Snow, Black Comedy) and directed by Tanith Glynn-Maloney (AACTA award-winning Finding Jedda), Windcatcher is set inside the small country town of Herbertson, and follows the unlikely friendship between Percy Boy, a fast and resourceful Aboriginal boy, newcomer Keithy Cobb and the spirited Daisy Hawkins, as they band together to take home the local school sports day title from the hands of the “Wolf Pack,” a group of grade five bullies. But as Percy Boy trains with the help of his friends, he is setback when he discovers his supernatural ability to see Lost Souls - a gift passed down from his grandfather. In the face of adversity, Percy Boy must lean on his friends, family and community to overcome his fears, prove his resilience and become a force to be reckoned with. Percy comes to learn he must race to win, but he runs to fly. 

Unless Pictures and Every Cloud Productions said: “We did a nationwide call-out for Percy Boy. 160 kids applied and we found the perfect person to play him. When Lennox told his mates he had to run a 100M race in the film they said ‘That’s exactly like you!’ Our lead child actors are thrilled to be trained by dramaturg Greg Saunders; and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the most compassionate and competent crew around, here in Victoria.”

Lennox Monaghan
Lennox Monaghan

From Unless Pictures and Every Cloud Productions (A Global City Group Company), the Stan Original Film Windcatcher is produced by Meg O’Connell (Upright S2, Retrograde) and Drew Grove (Stan Original Films A Sunburnt Christmas and Christmas Ransom). Executive produced by Bernadette O’Mahony for ACTF, and Cailah Scobie, Donna Chang and Rachel Okine for Stan. Major production investment from Screen Australia and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in association with Stan and VicScreen. Developed with investment from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland. ACTF will handle worldwide distribution.

The Stan Original Film Windcatcher is currently in production.


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