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Footy – it’s as iconic as meat pies and a frothy to wash it down with. Documentary Aussie Rules the World offers a perspective that will enlighten even the most avid follower as narrator David Wenham poses the question: does Aussie Rules have what it takes to become a world sport?

With family of four in tow, newly appointed International AFL ambassador and ex-Sydney Swans captain Brett Kirk travels the world to connect with the 23 countries competing for the title of world’s best.

Director Michael Stringer McIntyre’s documentary clearly demonstrates how footy has developed within this nation and, importantly, shows where it still can go. With a focus on the 2011 International Cup, the premise is simple: is an insular view going to be enough for the survival of this national sport and how do we ensure its recognition in an international community saturated by higher-profile sports?

Over six months, the cinematography carries us on a virtual world tour, anchored by the core ideals of family, trust, respect and teamwork. Waring rivals cooperate to create one team, another country prepares without the raw materials, and a constant for all is the battle against the profile of the traditional sports.

The expected documentary features of maps, timelines, historic observations and personal candour all combine to share information about how this game has permeated the lives of many across the globe.

Reckon you know a lot about the game? Think again. Search out this mysterious International Cup and you will be surprised.

As far as championing the sport goes, McIntyre has got it spot-on, while the AFL seems to be missing the mark. Kirk aptly reflects that it’s “what’s in the heart, what’s in the head” that makes a difference.

Aussie Rules the World is showing at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.


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