Adam Goodes is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in AFL history.
His career was long and distinguished, including two Brownlow Medals. He was also named Australian of the Year in 2014.
Instead of his career ending in fanfare, however, it ended in an ugly debate about racism, involving booing crowds and outspoken commentators.
Now not one but two films are on the way that will explore the final years of Goodes’ career, and question what his treatment says about Australian culture.
Made in a similar style to the 2010 sports film Senna, The Final Quarter examines Goodes’ career using nothing but footage aired at the time. It will premiere on June 7 at Sydney Film Festival and be broadcast on free-to-air TV later this year.
Written by Walkley-winning journalist Stan Grant, The Australian Dream will also explore the final years of Goodes’ footy career and examine how crowds turned against him.
It has been announced as the opening night film of this year’s Melbourne Intentional Film Festival, screening on August 1. It will be released in cinemas on August 22.