London Australian Film Society
THE FINAL QUARTER screening + panel discussion + drinks reception
In partnership with AFL Europe.
The London Australian Film Society continues its fascinating examination of race relations with the unflinching documentary The Final Quarter.
This immersive feature film will appeal to anyone interested in issues of racism in today’s world, not just Australia.
Using only archival material to tell the story of the period from 2013 to 2015, it 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.
In similarly powerful style to Asif Kapadia’s documentaries, Senna (2010), Amy (2015) & Diego Maradona (2019), the film reveals "what was seen and what was heard" during a period of heated public debate and division centred around Goodes. 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 for kicking a goal, similar to the New Zealand haka. 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.
Critics and audiences alike have said it is not to be missed.
The film will be preceded by an exclusive pre-recorded introduction from the director, Ian Darling.
A panel discussion will follow this feature. Details to follow.
Australian snack and lollies (sweets) will be on sale (cash only) + a raffle will be drawn at the drinks reception.
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