The Australian Dream is a theatrical feature documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
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 center 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 Adam Goodes's personal story, Australia's dark colonial past and its treatment of the Aboriginal population, director Daniel Gordon has crafted a powerful and timely examination of race, identity and belonging that resonates far beyond the football pitch.Written by
London Film Festival
Written by Stan Grant and directed by Daniel Gordon this film is more about the bad report card Australia has deservedly received on its treatment of our First Nation people since settlement in 1778 .The Final QuarterI felt had more impact in telling Adam Goodes appalling treatment by racist fans and commentators.
Saying that The Australian Dream is well worth a look for its main message of tolerance equality and recognition of our Indigenous people.
It had an optimistic conclusion that through Adam Goodes trials and tribulations that Australia may be hopefully at a turning point in race relations.
As the legislation and overwhelming support for same sex marriage in 2017 hopefully bought the attention to Gay hate speech to the public notice Adam Goodes story will promote conversation and hopefully new healthy attitudes towards vilification and hate speech of all kinds.
My ancestors arrived in Australia as Convicts against their will never to see their homeland again. They made sacrifices and forged new lives for themselves and those who followed .It doesn't matter what Day we pick to celebrate our Nations Birthday as long as we can encourage Unity and reconciliation .
Acknowledging that there was a culture and population here before The First Fleet arrived and that atrocities occurred as in every resettled Nation on Earth. We surely and hopefully can still recognise and not have to diminish the contribution that White Settlement has made to the development of our Lucky and Great Country.
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