The Australian Dream
When the truth of history is told, we can all walk together.
- Daniel Gordon
- Stan Grant
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Identity, Culture, Sports, Men
- Featured In
The Australian Dream is a documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film will unpick the events of the 2013-15 AFL seasons and ask fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant and BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon join forces to tell this remarkable story of one of the most decorated and celebrated players in AFL history. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience and survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.
Adam Goodes - AFL Football Player, Australian of the Year, Go Foundation Founder
There are not many bigger names in Australian sport than Adam Goodes. Dual AFL Brownlow Medalist and premiership player for the Sydney Swans, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative in the International Rules Series, Adam holds an elite place in Australian Football League’s history.
But his career transcends the football field. In 2014, Adam was named the Australian of the Year. This distinguished award recognised Adam's community work and advocacy in the fight against racism, empowering the next generation of Indigenous Australians.
Born in South Australia, Adam moved to Victoria as a young boy and developed a passion for AFL. His natural ability saw him ascend through the football ranks early, being drafted by the Sydney Swans from North Ballarat U18s. Adam soon became one of the game’s leading players and had a much-celebrated career spanning over 17 seasons.
He announced his retirement from AFL in September 2015, leaving the field as the Swans’ games record holder on 372, and one of the most decorated players of all time. Some of the many accolades Adam received during his career include: the prestigious Rising Star medal in his debut year (1999); leading his team as co-captain (20092012); celebrating premierships (2005 & 2012); and being awarded the AFL’s highest honour of Brownlow Medalist twice (2003 & 2006).
Adam is known equally for his involvement and leadership within the Indigenous community. In 2009, Adam set up The Goodes-O'Loughlin Foundation (GO Foundation) with teammate Michael O'Loughlin. GO Foundation's vision is to create a brighter future for Indigenous children through education. In 2014, he joined the board of Supply Nation, a government-funded body aimed at growing the Indigenous business sector through the promotion of supplier diversity in Australia.
Adam’s work within the corporate world extends to advising large organisations such as David Jones and Lend Lease, on their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). He is also currently an ambassador for many prominent brands including Toyota, David Jones, Qantas and Woolworths. With the supermarket giant, he is a board member for Support Through Australia Natural Disasters (STAND), a disaster relief program founded by Woolworths and The Salvation Army.
Since retiring from AFL, Adam has been able to invest more time in the GO Foundation and his new business Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (IDC), which helps establish sustainable practices for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Daniel Gordon - Director
Daniel Gordon is a British documentary film director best known for his double BAFTA winning and critically acclaimed feature documentary, HILLSBOROUGH, which is the definitive account of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster. Daniel’s previous films include a series of ground breaking documentaries from North Korea including, ‘CROSSING THE LINE’, (Premiere: Sundance Film Festival); feature documentary ‘9.79*’ investigates the infamous and controversial 1988 Seoul Olympic men’s 100m final, won by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who was subsequently stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. (Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival); I SCORED A GOAL IN THE FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL, a series of 34 short documentary films featuring testimony from the only 34 men alive today to have scored a goal in a World Cup Final, and feature documentary GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF which premiered at the 2016 60th BFI London Film Festival.
Stan Grant - Writer
Stan Grant was born in Griffith, NSW and is a proud Wiradjuri man. He is one of Australia's most respected and awarded journalists, with more than 30 years’ experience in radio and television news and current affairs. Stan has a strong reputation for independence and integrity and has interviewed international political and business leaders, including prime ministers and senior ministers. Stan served for a decade as a Senior International Correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East, broadcasting to an audience of millions around the world. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. In 2015, he published his bestselling book Talking to My Country, and also won a Walkley award for his coverage of indigenous affairs. In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous recognition. Ever prolific, he has published two new books this year. Australia Day is a continuation of Talking to My Country and On Identity is a companion piece exploring the existential dilemma of identity for anyone with mixed ancestry.