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The Australian Dream

A thought-provoking documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes that raises crucial questions about casual racism.

Dir Daniel Gordon
Prod Sarah Thomson, Nick Batzias, Virginia Whitwell, John Battsek
Scr Stan Grant
UK Distribution Dogwoof

Adam Goodes became an inspiring figure in Australian Rules football. Raised by his single Aboriginal mother, he found a sense of belonging and connection in sport. In 2013, at the top of his game, he was the centre of a huge racist row when a 13-year-old girl called him an ‘ape’ in the middle of a game and he had her ejected from the stadium. What ensued was a shocking backlash of vilification and blunt racism against the football star. Drawing upon Goodes’ personal story, Australia’s dark colonial past and its treatment of the Aboriginal population, director Daniel Gordon (George Best: All by Himself, LFF 2016) has crafted a powerful and timely examination of race, identity and belonging that resonates far beyond the football pitch.

Laure Bonville

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Daniel Gordon, director; Sarah Thomson, producer; Virginia Whitwell, producer.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

Tickets for the additional screening are on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

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