Not recommended under 15 and parental guidance to 18 (coarse language, themes and confronting social issues)
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to coarse language, themes and confronting social issues.|
|Children aged 15–18||Parental guidance recommended due to confronting social issues that deserve consideration through discussion.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||The Australian Dream|
|Consumer advice lines:||Themes of racism and strong coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Australian Dream recounts the life story of footy legend Adam Goodes. With a Scottish father and an Aboriginal mother who was taken from her family and knew little of her roots, it wasn’t until adulthood that Adam began to learn about his cultural identity and build an understanding of who he is and where he came from. Adam was mentally very strong and believed that the harder he worked the more he would improve. This philosophy led him to earn 2 Brownlow medals and helped him lead the Sydney Swans to victory for the first time in 72 years. Adam became a source of pride for Aboriginal communities all over Australia, however, being in the public eye highlighted how people are not all treated the same. As Adam began to experience racial vilification, what he loved about the game slowly began to change. Adam had to smooth over ruffled relations and publicly accept apologies from ‘professionals’ who continued to behave poorly. Adam also had to tolerate hurtful comments from both players and spectators but when a young teenage girl shouted, “Goodes, you’re an ape!” during one of his games, he decided enough was enough. Making a stand, Adam began using his prestige as a platform for highlighting injustice and racism and starting conversations addressing these issues. The social media storm that followed would have devastating consequences. Left unchecked, the animosity of the crowds who continued to “boo” Adam for standing up for Aboriginal rights truly began to affect him. Ultimately, the relentless insults and hostility resulted in one of the best players Australia had ever seen leaving the footy field. Adam headed home to a place where he could heal, where he was loved and accepted and where the spirits of his ancestors could lift him up again and help him find the strength to continue to stand up for what is right and to educate and inspire others by the difference his example has made.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Breaking down barriers, racism, the Stolen Generation, connection between heritage and identity, injustice, footy culture, the personal impact of harassment on individuals.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen would be frightened by anything further in this movie.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Australian Dream is an eye-opening documentary providing a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of Adam Goodes and the battles he fought against racism, injustice and the suffering of the Aboriginal community both on and off the footy field. The messages are powerful and the story is well woven. The confronting social issues and the past and current sufferings that Aboriginal communities continue to endure deserve consideration through discussion and offer important lessons for us all, however, this movie is not recommended for younger viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that no matter who you are or how mentally strong you might be, words have the power to hurt; home has the power to heal; the ‘Australian dream’ is rooted in racism; and as a society we need to stand together against injustice, hatred and cruelty.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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