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11 June 2020

Film Festival

Australian Dream Online Q&A to explore Racism in Sport

A special online Q&A for acclaimed feature documentary The Australian Dream will be hosted by Hebden Bridge Film Festival on Thursday, June 18 at 8pm.

Australian Dream

The documentary is about Adam Goodes, an indigenous Australian rules football star who took on racism in the sport. Special guests will explore the issues raised in the film including racism in sport and the impact in wider society. The panel includes Ken Monkou, former Chelsea player and representative of Show Racism the Red Card and Daniel Gordon, the award-winning director of the film. The session will be facilitated by Louise Wadley, Hebden Bridge Film Festival Director.

In the documentary, AFL legend Adam Goodes shares the story of his life and career, providing a fascinating insight into race, identity and belonging. Adam was the centre of a huge racist row when a 13-year-old girl called him an 'ape' in the middle of a game and he had her ejected from the stadium. What ensued was an appalling outpouring of abuse and racism against the star.

Details of how to join this free event will be on the Hebden Bridge Film Festival website and Facebook page.

The film, which is available to watch online on Amazon and Curzon Home Cinema, was due to be screened as part of Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2020 in March. The festival has now been postponed until September.

Ken Monkou said, "I am delighted to be joining this special Q&A online. I encourage everyone to watch this powerful film and join in the important discussion."

Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card chief executive said, "Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) are delighted to support this showing of this important film. There could not be a more appropriate time given the Black Lives Matter movement and SRtRC firmly believe that education is key to ending racism."

Louise Wadley, Hebden Bridge Film Festival director said, "The Australian Dream tells the inspirational and emotional story of AFL legend Adam Goodes and is a powerful examination of race and identity. It is a timely exploration of intolerance that resonates far beyond the sporting world. We are delighted to welcome ex-Chelsea player Ken Monkou and the film director Daniel Gordon, who will provide a fascinating perspective on this vital topic."

Previously, on the HebWeb

HebWeb News: And Then We Danced to close Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2020 (19 Feb 2020)

HebWeb News: Misbehaviour to open Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2020 (3 Feb 2020)

HebWeb News: Home, An Outward Journey Inward (18 Nov 2019)

HebWeb News: The first Hebden Bridge Film Festival was an great success (1 April 2019)

HebWeb News: The first Hebden Bridge Film Festival is this Weekend (22 March 2019)

HebWeb News:Film Festival Programme launched. (8 March 2019)

HebWeb News: Film Festival Launch on Friday 8 March (26 Feb 2019)

HebWeb News: Award-winning Carmen and Lola added to Film Festival (21 Feb 2019)

HebWeb News: Jessica Hynes directing debut ‘The Fight’ (12 Feb 2019)

HebWeb News: ‘Being Frank’ confirmed for Hebden Bridge Film Festival (3 Feb 2019)

HebWeb News: Wild Rose announced as Hebden Bridge Film Festival opening film (Jan 2019)

HebWeb News: Hebden Bridge Film Festival - with Maxine Peake as patron (Dec 2018)

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