News: 'Folau' ABC, Monday 21 November

Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian, 3 November, 2020

Should a celebrity athlete be allowed to say terrible things about minority communities using religious beliefs as a justification? It’s clear rugby player Israel Folau’s incendiary comments about the gay community, as Erik Denison observed, broke the spirits of many children who idolised him. The ensuing debate around issues such as freedom of speech involved legal complexities and double standards pedalled by churches.

It’ll be interesting to see how director Nel Minchin dives into these difficult discussions, and what sort of ideological framing she uses in her two-part documentary series. Minchin’s oeuvre includes the terrific documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra, which she co-directed with Wayne Blair. The Guardian

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