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Friday, 26 July 2019

Simmons set to take Goodes story international


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The story of the sad ending to Adam Goodes' AFL career is set to be taken global with the help of NBA star Ben Simmons.

Simmons has been named the executive producer of The Australian Dream, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next week.

The film will detail the final stages of Goodes' AFL career and will feature fresh quotes from the Swans legend himself.

The opportunity for Simmons to get involved with the project came after the film's producer John Battsek got in touch with Uninterrupted, a multimedia company founded by LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter, before the project was then brought to the Australian's attention.

Ben Simmons

Speaking to The Age, Battsek said the project immediately struck a chord with Simmons and his camp.

"We were talking about projects we might collaborate on. When I mentioned this to them they immediately identified it as one they thought would appeal to Ben," he said.

"When they all saw the film, they absolutely loved it and very quickly came back and said he'd love to endorse the film and be involved with the film.

"We had our conversations and it ended up with him coming on as an executive producer, so I can only assume that he knew about Adam's story and it was something he wanted to become a part of."

Adam Goodes

Simmons, fresh off signing a bumper $243 million contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers, will no doubt give the story a massive international profile, particularly in the United States.

The Australian All-Star's involvement follows endorsements from six Australian sporting bodies: the AFL, NRL, cricket, rugby and netball national bodies, for the film, and the AFL's general manager of diversity and inclusion, Tanya Hosch, praised the film.

"It is a story of the consequences of speaking out, standing up and being proud – from the voices and actions of support, but also the loud voices of racism and prejudice that focus on one man in a concentrated way that very few have had to endure," she said.

The Goodes story has come to light once again after the recent release of The Final Quarter, a film directed by Ian Darling, and The Australian Dream is viewed as a companion piece to Darling's film.

The story of the sad ending to Adam Goodes' AFL career is set to be taken global with the help of NBA star Ben Simmons.

Simmons has been named the executive producer of The Australian Dream, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next week.

The film will detail the final stages of Goodes' AFL career and will feature fresh quotes from the Swans legend himself.

The opportunity for Simmons to get involved with the project came after the film's producer John Battsek got in touch with Uninterrupted, a multimedia company founded by LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter, before the project was then brought to the Australian's attention.

Ben Simmons

Speaking to The Age, Battsek said the project immediately struck a chord with Simmons and his camp.

"We were talking about projects we might collaborate on. When I mentioned this to them they immediately identified it as one they thought would appeal to Ben," he said.

"When they all saw the film, they absolutely loved it and very quickly came back and said he'd love to endorse the film and be involved with the film.

"We had our conversations and it ended up with him coming on as an executive producer, so I can only assume that he knew about Adam's story and it was something he wanted to become a part of."

Adam Goodes

Simmons, fresh off signing a bumper $243 million contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers, will no doubt give the story a massive international profile, particularly in the United States.

The Australian All-Star's involvement follows endorsements from six Australian sporting bodies: the AFL, NRL, cricket, rugby and netball national bodies, for the film, and the AFL's general manager of diversity and inclusion, Tanya Hosch, praised the film.

"It is a story of the consequences of speaking out, standing up and being proud – from the voices and actions of support, but also the loud voices of racism and prejudice that focus on one man in a concentrated way that very few have had to endure," she said.

The Goodes story has come to light once again after the recent release of The Final Quarter, a film directed by Ian Darling, and The Australian Dream is viewed as a companion piece to Darling's film.

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