FREEMAN | Explores the beauty of this singular moment & celebrates the power of human connection

25 September 2020

A FILM BY LAURENCE BILLIET 
IN COLLABORATION WITH STEPHEN PAGE & BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE

Cathy Freeman’s win at the Sydney 2000 Olympics is undoubtedly one of the greatest collective experiences in Australian modern history. Watched by billions of people worldwide, the 400-metre sprint on the evening of September 25 had everyone from Sydney to Arnhem Land glued to the TV.

Twenty years later, FREEMAN explores the beauty of this singular moment and celebrates the power of human connection.

FREEMAN is a cinematic portrait of the 49 second race that is still etched in our hearts and minds. Drawing on archival footage and a series of intimate conversations with Cathy Freeman, the film takes viewers on a journey through Cathy’s remarkable sporting career and the frenzied build-up to September 2000. Cathy’s fast-paced climb to the top of the world is mirrored by the rise of a people’s movement supporting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians as her story becomes the symbol of a much larger struggle for equality.

​Cathy’s inner experience  is brought to life by stunning performances from Lillian Banks of Bangarra Dance Theatre, as choreographed by Stephen Page, creating an emotionally-charged insight into Cathy’s spirit or mindset as she prepares to compete in 'the race of our lives'.

​FREEMAN is the story of the nation coming together around an Indigenous Australian female athlete who delivered when it mattered, on the greatest stage on earth. The film sheds light on one of Australia’s proudest moment and explores why, twenty years on, it still means so much to so many of us.