The Australian Dream
Film On Demand

The Australian Dream

January 28 - February 03, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Sports, history, racism and nationalism collide in this remarkable story of star athlete and indigenous rights activist Adam Goodes, the Colin Kaepernick of Australia.

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Adam Goodes is an Australian hero—the best player in the Australian Football League. But when he is named Australian of the Year, the charismatic athlete uses the platform to talk about a deeply personal issue: racism. An indigenous Australian whose family hides the scars of generations of brutal mistreatment, he refuses to blindly wave the national flag. 

Director Daniel Gordon follows Goodes' life from shy, awkward kid to the star of the Sydney Swans. In a defining moment, Goodes is racially heckled by a young fan. This fateful encounter and the public response engulf the nation and change his career.

Just as America divided when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, Australia erupts into a fierce debate about indigenous identity and Australia's history, revealing a depth of hatred and ignorance. Gordon works with screenwriter Stan Grant, an award-winning journalist and Indigenous Australian whose impassioned calls for change and tolerance resonated with the people of Australia--and will likely strike a chord with American audiences as well. D: Daniel Gordon, Australia, 2019, 106m

Programmed as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration, honoring those who exemplify "Hope and Action." For a full schedule of events visit

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