David Williamson's The Club : football politic, a dirty story

Goldsmith, Ben (2014) David Williamson's The Club : football politic, a dirty story. Metro, 179, pp. 100-109.

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Watching David Williamson’s The Club (Bruce Beresford, 1980) now, as a scandal over performance‐enhancing drugs threatens to destroy at least one AFL club and permanently taint the League’s credibility, while in another form of football a player is bought and sold for a world record fee of almost $150 million, the indignant outrage of the film’s coach and players over the $120,000 fee paid for a pot‐smoking raw recruit appears quaint and comic in unintended ways. Were it ever true, it seems harder than ever now to agree with Nick Parson’s assertion that ‘in Australia the only sphere of endeavour that is considered morally pure is sport.

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ID Code: 69583
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian cinema, Australian rules football, sports film, adaptation, David Williamson
ISSN: 0312-2654
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: © ATOM 2014
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2014 23:47
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 08:56

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