Ben Simmons Is Personally Taking A New Adam Goodes Doco To Global Audiences

The second of two revealing and deeply emotional Adam Goodes documentaries is set to receive a global push thanks to Australia’s own NBA superstar Ben Simmons.

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Simmons has jumped on board the upcoming film The Australian Dream as an executive producer, ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month.

Simmons is associated with multimedia company Uninterrupted, which was founded by gr8 m8 LeBron James. They produce digital series and podcasts from an athlete perspective, and this deal means The Australian Dream will have a high-profile release in the US.

The film already has a UK theatrical distribution deal, but Simmons’ involvement legitimises it in an otherwise-crowded US sports media market.

The Stan Grant-written film serves as a companion piece to The Final Quarter, and delves into Goodes’ upbringing via extensive interviews with the former AFL champion.

The film has attracted explicit endorsement from a number of Australian sporting bodies – including the AFL, the NRL, Cricket Australia, and others – and it will likely be included in reconciliation action plans.

The Final Quarter, which was composed of archival footage and was aired on Channel 10 last week, will be provided to every school and sporting organisation across Australia.

The impact of the first film – which covered the horrific, racially-charged crowd abuse and the lack of administrative and media support that drove Adam Goodes from football – has thus far been deep and profound.