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The Trailer For Stan Grant’s Adam Goodes Doco Is A Necessary Reminder Of Australian Racism

'The Australian Dream' is set to open the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Adam Goodes documentary The Australian Dream

A new documentary will explore racism in Australia through the lens of one of the most shameful episodes in the nation’s sporting history: the treatment of Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes.

Written by Walkley-winning journalist and Wiradjuri man Stan Grant and directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Daniel Gordon, The Australian Dream chronicles the final years of Goodes’ career in the AFL and the vicious campaign of racist booing and abuse that ultimately drove him from the game.

The film, which features interviews with Goodes as well as a number of high-profile football personalities and media commentators — including Sydney coach John Longmire, News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, and Noongar man and former St Kilda star Nicky Winmar — was today announced as the Opening Night film at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. The news was accompanied by a trailer which offers an uncomfortable reminder of just how far Australia’s fight against racism has to go.

The Australian Dream is one of two documentaries about Goodes set to hit theatres this year. Ian Darling’s The Final Quarter will screen at the Sydney Film Festival in June, while The Australian Dream will open MIFF on August 1 before releasing in cinemas on August 22.