THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Start time: 6:30pm
Venue: Regent Street Cinema
We are delighted to be partnering our friends at the London Australian Film Society to present this Indigneous film.
Featuring prominent Indigenous Australians Adam Goodes and Stan Grant, this brilliant documentary offers an in-depth exploration of events that polarised a nation. Pulling together exclusive interviews with Goodes, and key people from the time, this is the perfect companion to The Final Quarter, which LAFS screened to a sell-out crowd in October. This screening will again be followed by an in-depth panel discussion – details to be announced soon.
In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and celebrated a goal by performing an on-field Indigenous war dance, similar to the Māori haka. He quickly emerged as a champion for the Australian Indigenous community, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation. But after he had a young supporter of a rival team ejected from the arena for racial abuse, the cheers very quickly turned to jeers as football crowds turned on him. The searing press attention that followed only fuelled the fire, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.
Picking up the Goodes story where The Final Quarter left off, The Australian Dream is a rare and powerful first-hand insight into the effects of racism in sport and across wider society. Critics and audiences alike agree – this is a film not to be missed! The London Australian Film Society recognises that January 26 represents a day of mourning for many Indigenous Australians, and always hold our Australia Day screenings on an alternate date.
*EVENING RUNNING ORDER
6:10pm – Doors open – Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale
6:30pm – introduction from LAFS team & Australian Short Film Today 90-minute programme
8:10pm – drinks reception
8:30pm – The Australian Dream (106 min) + panel discussion, featuring ORIGINS Director Michael Walling
A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.