The Final Quarter, the lauded documentary about Sydney Swans legend Adam Goodes, will make its television premiere in July on Channel 10.
From award-winning filmmaker Ian Darling, The Final Quarter is a confronting documentary about the racially-driven booing Goodes endured towards the end of his career. It made its worldwide premiere at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival and has since been applauded by critics. The Guardian described the documentary as an exhilarating film pulsing with urgency.
“Despite much of the material being confronting, The Final Quarter is also inspiring, with a message that each of us will be remembered ultimately for two things: what we say and what we do,” The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster wrote.
The Final Quarter will air on Thursday, July 18.
“Everyone should watch it.”
— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) June 28, 2019
Ahead of its release, the AFL and all 18 clubs issued an unprecedented apology to Goodes for not taking action during the final years of his career. The AFL apologised unreservedly for their failures – “Failure to call out racism and not standing up for one of our own let down all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, past and present.”
“Our game is about belonging,” part of the AFL’s statement read. “We want all Australians to feel they belong and that they have a stake in the game. We will not achieve this while racism and discrimination exists in our game.”
The league vowed to never “see the mistakes of the past repeated.”
A second documentary about Goodes, The Australian Dream, will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival Opening Gala come August 1. Written by award-winning journalist Stan Grant, The Australian Dream will tell a more deeper and powerful story of race, identity, and belonging. The film spans a number of years, from Goodes’ pre-draft days in the AFL through to his career as a passionate and outspoken activist for Indigenous rights.
The documentary, complementary to The Final Quarter, features new footage of Goodes up close and personal as well as interviews with the likes of Michael O’Loughlin, Brett Goodes, Natalie Goodes, Nova Peris, and Nathan Buckley.
Earlier this month, Goodes and his wife Natalie Croker celebrated the arrival of their first baby, a daughter named Adelaide. The Sydney Swans announced the news on Twitter, sending their congratulations and love to the new parents.