"In movies you have to be able to appreciate the character, and the things you hear outside affect your way of relating to the character on the screen," says Dee Madigan, Campaign Edge creative director and regularly in ABC Gruen Program .
However, she is of the opinion that the Rush's allegations, which he strongly denies, do not need to weigh heavily on the film.
"If it were a movie in which it would have been the hero or the title, or if it were a relationship between a man and a woman it would be Ma because it is a cast of ensemble and it is not the protagonist I do not necessarily think it will have a big impact. "
But a film industry executive is not so sure. "I'm really confident about the film and I hope it will reach its potential, but I have a fear that it will be less adversely affected."
At the Sydney premiere question about the film if he thought Rush's presence in the film Detective Shawn Seet said, "I do not think so, Geoffrey's work is beautiful, it's great and I think the film is in itself" .
Producer Michael Boughen spent a tour of the film in South Australia last week, where he was filmed, and said that the audience's responses were positive.
But like others we talked to, he did not want to comment on the Rush factor. "Relying on re-telling such an iconic story, we would like Storm Boy to stand out for his merits, letting our audience respond," he said.
It is important to note that the only legal action arising from the allegations was initiated by Rush himself.
As it happens, the new Storm Boy is a delightful family movie. Rush is perhaps a quarter of the film, playing the old Mike who traces his days as the so-called Storm Boy, which forms a special bond with the pelican Mr Percival, on a remote beach away from the travails of the modern world.
In the movie trailer, you hear Rush saying, "Once I believed in things, things that were special to me."
Now, while the film is getting ready to go to filmmakers, they could be forgiven if they too were inclined to look back to simpler times.
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Karl is a senior entertainment writer at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.