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The Galahs

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"A rare feature film that reconnects fans with all time greats...It?s a wonderful and largely untold story."
THE FOOTY ALMANAC
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A footy journey. A sporting odyssey.

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Directors: Tony Wilson, Rob Heath, Cam Fink
Country: Australia
Year: 2016
Runtime: 58 mins
Genre: Documentary

In 1967 a group of Victorian AFL (VFL) stars jetted off to challenge the All-Ireland champions, County Meath, at their own game.

The players were, and are, household names - Barassi, Skilton, Jesaulenko, Davis, Hart, Nicholls, Mann, Dugdale, Fraser. Most didn’t own passports. Most had barely been out of Victoria.

Ex-umpire and media juggernaut Harry Beitzel was the man who made it happen. He mortgaged his house. He organised the opponent. He flew his team of champions on a milk run to Darwin, Hong Kong, Paris, Dublin, London, New York and beyond to plant the seed of international competition. It was pioneering stuff — Beitzel’s courage and imagination led to the formalised international rules series of subsequent decades.... More »

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