The Australian Dream

2019

The Australian Dream

Critics Consensus

The Australian Dream powerfully draws on one athlete's extraordinary story to grapple with thorny questions facing the nation -- and much of the rest of the world.

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The Australian Dream is a theatrical feature documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.

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  • You don't need to be Australian, know a bean about Aussie Rules football or have even heard of its subject, indigenous AFL player Adam Goodes, to walk away from this moving documentary fired up and challenged.

    June 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Goodes is now rebuilding his psyche. Less certain is that of Australia, a country that, like others, relies for its self-image on a certain amnesia.

    June 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Gordon uses blockbuster tools - pairing bold visuals with the kind of thundering sound design that makes your joints rattle - to turn this well-organized sociology lesson into a more visceral cinematic experience.

    January 13, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • A sobering but emotional reminder of unresolved history.

    August 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's an unashamedly polemical film. Grant himself is a pervasive presence on screen, eloquently summarising the state of the nation's moral health and backing up Goodes with the worst of his own experiences as a young Indigenous man.

    August 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Emotive, inspiring and argumentative, driven by a clear desire for justice and equality.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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