London Australian Film Society
THE FINAL QUARTER screening + panel discussion + drinks reception
In partnership with AFL Europe and ORIGINS: Festival of First Nations
– Doors open at 18:10
– 20 mins of Aussie snack sales & ads
– LAFS speeches & trailer for next LAFS event
– Feature will start at 18:35 sharp – don’t be late!
The London Australian Film Society continues its fascinating examination of race relations with the unflinching documentary The Final Quarter.
This immersive feature film will appeal to anyone interested in issues of racism in today’s world, not just Australia.
Using only archival material to tell the story of the period from 2013 to 2015, it focuses on the unparalleled furore surrounding sportsman and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes – who was not only a champion Australian Football League (AFL) player, but also a respected Indigenous leader.
In similarly powerful style to Asif Kapadia’s documentaries, Senna (2010), Amy (2015) & Diego Maradona (2019), the film reveals “what was seen and what was heard” during a period of heated public debate and division centred around Goodes. The Final Quarter shows how “casual racism” can quickly spin into something profoundly damaging to not only an individual, but a nation.
In the final three years of his playing career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, publicly called out racism, and performed an on-field Indigenous war dance in celebration for kicking a goal, similar to the New Zealand haka. He was a champion for Indigenous Australians, intent on helping to heal the divide that has dogged Australia since European colonisation.
But, very quickly the cheers became jeers as football crowds turned on him, and he eventually walked away from the game without any of the fanfare he deserved.
The Final Quarter holds a mirror to a disturbing period in Australia’s recent history and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
Since its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June – to rave reviews, standing ovations and six sold out screenings – there has been an overwhelming outpouring of regret and support for Goodes from most Australians, as well as the media, the AFL clubs and leadership, and politicians.
This is a truly remarkable film, already changing Australia’s understanding of racism, Indigenous culture and the nation’s true history.
Critics and audiences alike have said it is not to be missed.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.
The panellists are:
• Bridget Brennan – ABC European correspondent and proud Indigenous Australian
• Dr Siobhan Martin – Monash Fellow and European HR Director, Aegon Asset Management
• Sally Fryer – editor of THE FINAL QUARTER, founding Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation
These three women will create a brilliant platform and sounding board for what will, no doubt, be a most complex and passionate discussion following the screening. Sally knows the film inside out and has worked with it’s director, Ian Darling, since 2001. Bridget was the ABC’s National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent before moving to London. And Siobhan is an expert in cultural change in some of the world’s largest workplace environments and a avid AFL supporter.
Australian snack and lollies (sweets) will be on sale (cash only) + a raffle will be drawn at the drinks reception.
Image Credit: Ryan Pierse, Getty Images
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 75 mins
- Other features
- Ian Darling