New ABC documentary THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM to focus on racial abuse aimed at ADAM GOODES

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The ABC has announced production on a new documentary The Australian Dream

Written by Stan Grant and featuring Adam Goodes, The Australian Dream chronicles the national conversation that took place after Goodes was racially vilified during an AFL match. That event and Goodes’ response led to years of abuse at games, fueling heated radio talkback and commentary.

Owing to the stress caused by overt and prolonged expressions of racism, Goodes – dual Brownlow Medallist and Australian of the Year – retired from the game.

This feature length documentary is an Official Co-production from Good Thing Productions and Passion Pictures (UK) with Madman Distribution.

Nick Batzias, Good Things Productions, said:

“We have the best opportunity to not only tell Adam’s story accurately, but to generate important conversations about Australia’s past, present and future in the context of an international feature documentary.”

Josie Mason-Campbell, Head of Factual and Entertainment, ABC, said:

“Documentary and factual content are a vital part of what makes the ABC distinctive, providing us with opportunities to tell Australian stories in authentic, ambitious and innovative ways.  Factual and documentary programs – across our Factual, Indigenous, Arts, Science, Regional & Local and ABC Children’s teams – bring people together to explore and understand issues that matter to them.”

The Australian Dream has received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria.