Director: Daniel Gordon
This film was written and partly narrated by award-winning Australian journalist Aborgien Stan Grant. It questions from the outset what it means to be Australian and the endemic conflict between race and identity in Australian history and in Australian society nowadays. Ultimately the question is whether the Australian dream is rooted in racism and if it should be redefined for future generations for Grant what happens finds its antecedents in colonial discrimination. The protagonist is the footballer Goodes, before he became a professional footballer and after his success, when he is known as an activist in defense of the Rights of Indigenous Rights.
Daniel Gordon was born in Sheffield, England, and studied at the University of Sheffield. He has directed numerous documentary feature films, including Crossing the Line (06), Festival Selection 9.79 * (12) and, more recently, Match 64 (15), Don’t Look Down (16), The Fall (16), and George Best: All by himself (16). The Australian Dream (19) is his last documentary. Screen Australia has co-financed this film with the production companies Passion Pictures and Good Thing Productions. In August 2019, the film was shown at the International Melbourne Film Festival. It was then screened at the Toronto, Telluride, BFI London Festivals, the International Film Festival in Amsterdam and the Palm Springs Film Festival.