Revelation Film Festival has announced a late addition to its 2019 program – Ian Darling’s documentary The Final Quarter about footballer Adam Goodes.
The announcement comes a few days after The Final Quarter received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.
Adam Goodes was a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation.
He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration.
The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him.
Using only archival footage aired at the time, The Final Quarter holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
Director Ian Darling’s credits include Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, The Oasis, Suzy & the Simple Man, In the Company of Actors, Alone Across Australia, Woodstock for Capitalists, Polly & Me, and The Soldier. He was an executive producer of 2040, The Fourth Estate, The Bleeding Edge, Unrest, Inventing Tomorrow and How to Change the World.
“As a filmmaker, I’ve tried to shine a light on aspects of Australian society that tell us about ourselves, and what kind of country we are. I wanted to know more about why, and how, Goodes had come to be at the centre of this storm that had led to such heated debate and divided the nation,” says Ian Darling.
“My aim with this film is the same as that expressed in Adam Goodes’ Australian of the Year acceptance speech, when he said, ‘The real reward is when everyone is talking to their mates, to their families and to their children, having those conversations and educating others about racism. What it looks like, how hurtful and how pointless it is, and how we can eliminate it’.”
Adam Goodes did not play a part in making The Final Quarter but has given the film his full support and expressed his wish that every Australian should see it.
One of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters, Paul Kelly, has written a song for the film, Everyday My Mother’s Voice, which pays tribute to Goodes’ mother, Lisa.
The Final Quarter will screen at Revelation Perth International Film Festival at Luna Leederville on Monday, 8 July at 6.30 and Saturday, 13 July at 6.20pm and at Luna on SX on Sunday, 14 July at 4.30pm. Tickets and details here.