The Australian Dream Reviews

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June 22, 2020
Strikingly well-produced, this documentary takes a deep dive into systemic racism in Australian society through the salient perspectives of football legend Adam Goodes and journalist Stan Grant.
June 16, 2020
An important documentary, particularly with everything going on in this moment...
June 12, 2020
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 10, 2020
Unlikely to win high praise for originality. But as The Australian Dream methodically sets out the unspeakable, too-often unspoken, injustices of European colonialism, the novelty of formal innovation pales in comparison to the more important issue.
June 10, 2020
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 9, 2020
One man's story embodies the prejudices of a nation.
April 14, 2020
A clear-eyed screed, a dignified rebuke, and a vital document.
January 13, 2020
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.
September 22, 2019
This energetic and emotional portrait of footballer Adam Goodes is an essential snapshot of the road to reconciliation.
September 21, 2019
An essential film on race and sports, and of the emotional and professional cost of a person of color speaking up and taking a stand.
September 17, 2019
This documentary is fascinating, harrowing and candid, allowing - for better or worse - Goodes to have the final word on his ending.
September 15, 2019
What makes Goodes such an inspirational hero is the fact that he never matches hate for hate. He's teaching tolerance.
September 10, 2019
My wish is that every Australian see this film.
September 9, 2019
A thoughtful, layered companion piece to The Final Quarter.
September 9, 2019
Nevertheless, it's hard not to be moved by The Australian Dream, though it's plainly obvious this is less a major feat of documentary filmmaking than a tremendous story passionately and empathetically told.
September 8, 2019
It can be exhausting when your very identity is politicized. The film feels exhausting at times too, but in a way that's to its credit - both Goodes and the doc are unrelenting, and they refuse to let fans or viewers off the hook.
August 30, 2019
A sobering but emotional reminder of unresolved history.
August 29, 2019
It's a small victory, in the scheme of things, but one which would move the dial in a country where the very name of Australia is an act of dispossession, a branding over the many nations that were here before - that are still here.
August 22, 2019
So much more than just a documentary outlining an incident of abuse, The Australian Dream places a mirror against Australia's own history of burning racism and forces us to address it in a manner that can't easily be avoided
August 20, 2019
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.
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