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Goodes twice won the Brownlow Medal, awarded to the fairest and best player in the Australian Football League, and was named Australian of the Year in 2014. Having spoken out about racism, he faced hostility from booing fans inside stadiums while playing and from some quarters of the media. He quietly retired in 2015.
Daniel Gordon (“Hillsborough”) directed the film, which was written by Australian journalist Stan Grant. It traces Goodes’ his meteoric rise in football through to his bowing out of the sport. Goodes is interviewed, and the film features archive footage. It also has testimony from the athlete’s friends and family, sports commentators, and other AFL players.
Audience - Award - Melbourne - Film - Festival
The documentary won the Audience Award at the Melbourne Film Festival before playing at the Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals. It is a Passion Pictures and GoodThing production in association with Madman Entertainment, Film Victoria and VeryMuchSo Productions. Screen Australia, pubcaster the ABC, and Film Victoria supported the film.
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