Goodes film on AFL CEOs’ agenda

The embargoed and highly sensitive Adam Goodes documentary will be privately shown to all attending AFL club chiefs when they meet in Werribee on Tuesday.

The confronting documentary The Final Quarter, set to be released on June 7 at the Sydney Film Festival, is Australian filmmaker Ian Darling's re-examination of Goodes' final three years in the AFL.

The late-career trials of AFL great Adam Goodes will feature in the documentary The Final Quarter.Credit:Joe Armao

Along with standard football topics, such as the future of the AFLW and the redevelopment of Marvel Stadium, the thorny matter of the Goodes film is on the official agenda for Tuesday's meeting of club bosses at Werribee Mansion.

The Age understands the 18 chief executives will be given a private viewing of the movie.

League boss Gillon McLachlan has seen the documentary, as has the entire AFL Commission and members of the executive team.

Players who attended the Indigenous All-Stars Summit in Adelaide in February have also seen film.

The AFL believes club chiefs should be shown the film as a collective.

Goodes' departure from the game was uncomfortable, to say the least. There was the incident with a young female Collingwood supporter in 2013, the Eddie McGuire radio gaffe, the booing of Goodes in the 2014 grand final and the naming of him of Australian of the Year.

In a radio interview at the weekend, McLachlan admitted he would like to have his time again in his handling of Goodes' tribal dance for Sydney's Marngrook game against Carlton at the SCG in 2015.

"I called it out that I felt I was a week late, yeah," the AFL chief told 3AW.

"I'm not excusing it in any way – I'm very accountable for everything I do – but it wasn't easy at the time.

"A week is a week and I own that. I certainly wish I had come out a week earlier, yeah."

Sir Doug Nicholls Round will be celebrated across rounds 10 and 11, with The Final Quarter set to premier at the Sydney Film Festival shortly after on June 7.

In previewing the documentary, production company Shark Island Institutes states: "In the final three years of his playing career he [Goodes] became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation".

A second international production, The Australian Dream, premiered in Australia last week.

The Australian-UK production was headed up by filmmaker John Battsek and directed by the Bafta-winning Daniel Gordon.

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