THE FINAL QUARTER
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Start time: 6:28 pm
Venue: Regent Street Cinema
(Australia 2019. Dir: Ian Darling 75mins)
ORIGINS Offshoots joins forces with The London Australian Film Society to present this unflinching documentary.
Using only archival material to tell the story of the period from 2013 to 2015, THE FINAL QUARTER focuses on the unparalleled furore surrounding sportsman and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes – who was not only a champion Australian Football League (AFL) player, but also a respected Indigenous leader. THE FINAL QUARTER shows how “casual racism” can quickly spin into something profoundly damaging to not only an individual, but a nation.
In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and performed an on-field Indigenous war dance in celebration of kicking a goal. He was a champion for Indigenous Australians, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation. But, very quickly the cheers became jeers as football crowds turned on him, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.
THE FINAL QUARTER holds a mirror to a disturbing period in Australia’s recent history and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
Since its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June – to rave reviews, standing ovations and six sold out screenings – there has been an overwhelming outpouring of regret and support for Goodes from most Australians, as well as the media, the AFL clubs and leadership, and politicians.
This is a truly remarkable film, already changing Australia’s understanding of racism, Indigenous culture and the nation’s true history.
The film will be preceded by an exclusive introduction from the director, Ian Darling, and followed by a panel discussion.
Regent Street Cinema
307 Regent St