EQUAL THE CONTEST delves into the journey of the Australian Mt Alexander Falcons football club, formed in 2021 specifically for women and gender-diverse individuals. Through the eyes of Mitch, a non-binary recruit and filmmaker, viewers gain an unprecedented perspective into community football, exploring the game through a unique lens. Despite meeting all criteria, the Falcons face rejection from AFL Central Victoria. Yet, widespread support from the community, media, and even AFL HQ propels them. With an ethos of inclusivity, the club attracts a diverse roster, challenging AFL traditions.
Off the field, they combat a system steeped in gender bias, while on it, players master techniques and confront personal gendered limitations. A historical parallel emerges when Mitch stumbles upon the 1948 Castlemaine Woollen Mill Women's team, with 93-year-old survivor Mavis Thompson's tales echoing the Falcons' challenges. A testament to contemporary gender inequality, the documentary culminates as the Falcons reapply for league inclusion, raising the pivotal question: Will they be allowed in the game?
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY CRAIG WEINTZ & BILL OSBORNE
Length: 77 minutes
Director: Mitch Nivalis
Producer: Mitch Nivalis, Tony Coombs
Associate Producer: Alex Kelly
Cinematographer: Mitch Nivalis
Editor: Mitch Nivalis
COMMUNITY PARTNER: PORTLAND AUSSIE FOOTBALL CLUB