Sun 2 Feb – The Australian Dream

The Australian Dream is a 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.

Enjoy delicious food, licensed bars and a special performance from the Madjitil Moorna Choir, while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Then relax under the stars for an awardwinning feature…


Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Daniel Gordon
Cast: Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Nova Peris, Nicky Winmar, Paul Roos, John Longmire, Nathan Buckley, Eddie McGuire and Andrew Bolt
Runtime: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
Language: English

Winner – Best Documentary, 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards
Winner – 2019 Walkley Documentary Award
Winner – People’s Choice Best Documentary, 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival

Written by Stan Grant, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM tells the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes. From shy country kid to two-time Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year, Goodes is an inspiration to many. The footy field was where he thrived; the only place where the colour of his skin was irrelevant. Goodes’ world fell apart when he became the target of racial abuse during a game, which spiralled into public backlash against him. He spoke out about racism when Australia was not ready to hear the ugly truth, retiring quietly from AFL heartbroken.

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM is a deeply personal and comprehensive exploration of Goodes’ own journey which saw him retreat from everyday life only to return determined to rise above the ugliness he had been forced to confront.

The Australian Dream is something people reach for and many people obtain, but there’s an emptiness at the heart of it because Australia has not resolved the questions of its history. If the Australian Dream is rooted in racism, what can be done to redefine it for the next generation?

Madjitil Moorna is a community choir founded in 2006, led by award-winning Indigenous songwriters and performers. Their repertoire promotes Indigenous compositions in languages from around Australia. This unique choir performs across WA – in Aboriginal communities, country towns, schools, at workplaces, private functions and festivals – singing, learning, healing ~ bringing cultures together. Language, culture and truth are at the heart of this experience.

BYO seating. No BYO alcohol. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the bar will be stocked with Forester Estate wines, Gage Road beers and Aperol Spritz cocktails, as well as a section of soft drinks, juice and Carton Water. Part proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, as well as North Cottesloe Primary School.