Network 10 To Broadcast Adam Goodes Film: The Final Quarter
In 2015, Australia was divided over the treatment of one man, one footballer, one Indigenous leader.
Now, 10 and WIN Network will bring the confronting and powerful documentary The Final Quarter to television audiences.
The film tells the story of the last three seasons in the career of dual Brownlow Medallist, dual AFL Premiership winner and Indigenous leader, Adam Goodes.
Goodes became a figure who divided the nation between 2013 and 2015 after he publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year (in 2014) and performed an on-field war dance celebration.
The cheers became boos as large sections of football crowds turned on him.
Some claimed they booed him for "staging" for free kicks. But many appeared to be booing because they didn't like Goodes or what he stood for.
10 daily attended the premiere of The Final Quarter at the Sydney Film Festival last week, alongside AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and numerous football and Indigenous figures.
Using only archival footage aired at the time, the film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field during this tumultuous time.
Goodes himself played no part in the making of the film, but having watched it, gave it his full support.
"As confronting as I have found the film, I look forward to the conversation it will help generate," Goodes said.
If the reaction of the audience last was any guide, this documentary will probably make you angry. It may also inspire you. Either way, it is unmissable.
The Final Quarter is a Shark Island Productions film and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ian Darling, and will air soon on Network 10.