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Footy The La Perouse Way (2006)


A documentary that uses historical photographs to talk about the history of rugby league in the Sydney suburb of La Perouse, and how football has helped build a community that prides itself on being open to people of all cultures.

Curator’s notes

An interesting look at how sport – specifically rugby league – became the vehicle through which racism, poverty and dispossession was confronted by people from all cultures and backgrounds. Historically an Indigenous community, La Perouse became a multicultural community during the Depression, bringing cultures into close proximity with each other. It is worth noting that common needs and objectives unify folk and overcomes difference.