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The Australian Dream

(Rated MA15+)

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"All anyone ever wants is to be respected for who they are"

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If the "Australian Dream" is rooted in racism, what can be done to redefine it for the next generation? From shy country kid to two-time Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes is an inspiration to many. After thriving on the footy field for decades, Goodes’ world fell apart when he became the target of racial abuse during a game, which quickly spiralled into a whirlwind of public backlash. Speaking out about racism when Australia was not ready to hear the ugly truth, he would go on to quietly retire from AFL, feeling – by his own admission – heartbroken. Using the stunning athleticism of Goodes at the peak of his powers as well as the game itself as its backdrop, The Australian Dream prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past.

"There will be no more important film released in this country in 2019"
— Herald Sun
"Excellent ... Watch this Adam Goodes doc with an open mind, and feel hope"
— The Sydney Morning Herald
"Emotive, inspiring ... driven by a clear desire for justice and equality"
— The Guardian
"A must-see … a story of optimism and hope"
— The Australian

Why You Should See This Film

This compelling and provocative new documentary uses interviews from both sides of the debate to ask fundamental questions about what it takes for any individual to stand up for what they truly believe in. Featuring Goodes and all the key players from his story – including Stan Grant, Michael O’Loughlin, Tracey Holmes, Nova Peris, Linda Burney, Paul Roos, John Longmire, Nathan Buckley and Eddie McGuire – The Australian Dream is also a deeply personal exploration of Goodes’ own determination to rise above the ugliness he had been forced to confront.

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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Daniel Gordon
  • Cast: Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Linda Burney
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Language: English
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