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Review: ‘Freeman’ – an in-depth look at the race of a generation


It’s a race that is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments not just in athletics but in sporting history overall.

Twenty years on from Cathy Freeman’s 400m triumph at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, cinematic documentary ‘Freeman’ explores the impact that race had on Freeman and Australia as a whole.

Directed by French Australian documentary maker Laurence Billiet, ‘Freeman’ is more than just a recap of the 2000 Olympic final, in much the same way that Freeman’s run itself is far more than just a 49.11-second clocking for 400m. Even for hard-core fans who have watched that race countless times over the past 20 years and understand the significance of Freeman’s achievement, there are insights and reflections within the documentary that haven’t been aired before.