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Written by Stan Grant.
From shy country kid to two-time Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year, Goodes is an inspiration to many. The footy field was where he thrived; the only place where the colour of his skin was irrelevant. Goodes’ world fell apart when he became the target of racial abuse during a game, which spiralled into public backlash against him. He spoke out about racism when Australia was not ready to hear the ugly truth, retiring quietly from AFL heartbroken. Using the stunning athleticism of Goodes at the peak of his powers as well as the game itself as the film’s backdrop, The Australian Dream prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past. This compelling, provocative and cinematic film uses interviews from both sides of the debate to ask probing and fundamental questions about what it means to be Australian and what it takes for any individual to stand up for what they truly believe in.
The Australian Dream is a deeply personal and comprehensive exploration of Goodes’ own journey which saw him retreat from everyday life only to return determined to rise above the ugliness he had been forced to confront.
★★★★1/2 "if The Final Quarter left you seething at how appalling this country sometimes is, The Australian Dream might have you feeling cautiously optimistic about how good it can be - if it has the will to try." - THE AGE
★★★★ "Emotive, inspiring and argumentative, driven by a clear desire for justice and equality." - GUARDIAN
"This is not a pleasant film to watch by any stretch, but it's certainly an impactful one" - FILMINK AUSTRALIA
"Potent, impassioned and purposefully thought-provoking viewing" - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Adam Goodes, Andrew Bolt, Brett Goodes, Eddie McGuire, Gilbert McAdam, John Longmire, Linda Burney, Michael O'Loughlin, Natalie Goodes, Nathan Buckley, Nicky Winmar, Nova Peris, Paul Roos, Stan Grant, Tracey Holmes
Director: Daniel Gordon
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