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.
In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.
Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
The popular male jockey "Olly" in the movie is a portrait of Damien Oliver, who was charged with sports misconduct for placing a $10,000 bet on a rival horse in a 2010 race which he also rode in. The rival horse Oliver placed bet on ended up beating the horse that he was riding, and Oliver made a $11,000 profit from his bet. He was served with an eight-month suspension upon conviction and was allowed to ride in races again on 13th September 2013, the same year where he immediately won the Melbourne Cup upon his return. See more »
How can a horse that was winning come last?
Because he went fast at the wrong end of the race. Yep, that's the Melbourne Cup. It's an upside down race. Anyway, if you can go from first to last, no reason you can't go from last to first.
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Despite being from Melbourne and feeling I knew all about the Michelle Payne story, I was presented with a much deeper exploration of this amazing, young woman's life. The story ensures laughter, tears, joy and bewilderment. Great casting in Sam Neill as Michelle's father, Paddy Payne. Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne, does not disappoint and Stevie Payne is perfectly cast as his infectious self. Many well known Australian faces in the supporting cast, which adds to the strength of this brilliant story. Beautiful cinematography and a musical score which takes you on an epic rollercoaster ride. I needed tissues even though I knew the outcome. This Australian gem shouldn't be missed. See it on the big screen if you can.
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