“This is the game you get to find out what is inside you, and what’s inside the bloke beside ya!” Sounds like the stirring, last-minute coach’s speech from any great sports epic, but that “bloke” could only come from the sport of Australian Rules Football, or AFL.
The country’s most popular sport may sound a little alien to viewers who have never screamed “CARN!” at anybody while scoffing down a hot meat pie, but a new Prime Video series promises to expose the national sport to an international audience. With “untold stories” and “unrivalled access” to the world of AFL, new docuseries Making The Mark is arriving this week on Prime Video.
Over seven episodes, Making The Mark will focus on a multitude of Australian Rules players and their unique stories of facing a global pandemic while trying to stay at the top of their game. From the trailer below, it looks like these sport stories have huge emotional range and depth, covering parenthood, grief, physical pain and perfection, and a bloody lot of locker room inspirational monologues.
The colourful characters of AFL’s upper echelons that feature dominantly in the series are Nic Naitanui (West Coast Eagles Ruckman), Stuart Dew (Gold Coast Suns Senior Coach), Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney Giants Captain), Eddie Betts (Carlton Football Club forward), Rory Sloane (Adelaide Football Club Captain) and the Senior Leadership of the Richmond Football Club (Peggy O’Neal, Brendon Gale and Damien Hardwick).
Even if your team doesn’t seem to be represented in those real-life characters, Making Their Mark still looks like essential viewing for AFL fans. Prime Video subscribers can watch every episode of Making Their Markfrom March 12, when the entire series is released on the platform.