London Australian Film Society
The London Australian Film Society returns for their annual Australia Day event, presenting a double bill of a 90-minute programme of short films (curated by the New York group, Australian Short Film Today), and a feature documentary that recently sold out three sessions at the BFI London Film Festival, and four screenings at Melbourne International Film Festival: The Australian Dream
Evening Running Order
6:10pm – Doors open – Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale
6:30pm – introduction from LAFS team & Australian Short Film Today 90-minute programme
8:10pm – drinks reception
8:30pm – The Australian Dream (106 min) + panel discussion
AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY
See the Rising Stars of Australian Short Film.
Australian Short Film Today is an international traveling roadshow featuring award-winning Australian short films. This year’s 90-minute selection includes Academy Award eligible Judas Collar which won best short film and best director at St Kilda Film Festival and the jury award at Austin Film Festival. Also included is the mysterious Nursery Rhymes, nominated for best narrative short at AACTA; a tender look at twin sisters in An Act of Love, the Australia Directors’ Guild winner; the poignant High School Lover which premiered at Flickerfest; a cyber take on love with A Quick Love Story which had its global premiere at Australian Short Film Today in New York; and a ringer from New Zealand, Fire in Cardboard City, an animated disaster movie that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Followed by a drinks reception.
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
Featuring prominent Indigenous Australians Adam Goodes and Stan Grant, this brilliant documentary offers an in-depth exploration of events that polarised a nation. Pulling together exclusive interviews with Goodes, and key people from the time, this is the perfect companion to The Final Quarter, which LAFS screened to a sell-out crowd in October. This screening will again be followed by an in-depth panel discussion – details to be announced soon.
In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and celebrated a goal by performing an on-field Indigenous war dance, similar to the Māori haka. He quickly emerged as a champion for the Australian Indigenous community, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation. But after he had a young supporter of a rival team ejected from the arena for racial abuse, the cheers very quickly turned to jeers as football crowds turned on him. The searing press attention that followed only fuelled the fire, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.
Picking up the Goodes story where The Final Quarter left off, The Australian Dream is a rare and powerful first-hand insight into the effects of racism in sport and across wider society. Critics and audiences alike agree – this is a film not to be missed! The London Australian Film Society recognises that January 26 represents a day of mourning for many Indigenous Australians, and always hold our Australia Day screenings on an alternate date.
Followed by a panel discussion