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Final Quarter, The (ATOM Study Guide)

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SKU: SG1637
Year Levels: 7-12
Streaming Content: The Final Quarter

The Final Quarter (2019), a documentary directed by Ian Darling, documents the final three years of Adam Goodes' Australian Football League (AFL) career. It has been made entirely from archival sources.

Adam Goodes was a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation. He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him.

Using only archival footage aired at the time, the film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.

Running Time: 74 minutes

Curriculum Links:

This study guide to accompany The Final Quarter has been written for secondary students in Years 7–12. It provides information and suggestions for learning activities in:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Media Arts

Teachers are advised to consult the Australian Curriculum online and curriculum outlines relevant to their state or territory. The Final Quarter may be of interest to students completing TAFE Certificate courses in the areas listed above.

The Final Quarter explores the realities and impact of racial discrimination through its examination of the final three years of Adam Goodes' career as an AFL player. The documentary prompts important conversations about the prevalence of racism in AFL and in Australian society.

Through telling the story of Adam Goodes, The Final Quarter endorses equality and equity both on and off the sporting field. The documentary encourages students to think about diversity, to affirm and celebrate difference, and to use their understanding of diversity to act with respect, empathy and trust.

As a curriculum resource, The Final Quarter expands and enriches students' understanding of human experiences. Students can discuss how individuals with courage, commitment and vision such as Goodes can make a difference in their own personal life, in their chosen profession and in the lives of others.

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