Football Film Festival and Leopold Method present "Old Soccer, New Football", a journey through the 1970's, 80's, 90's and the first 10 years of the A-League through rarely seen footage from the National Film Archive, inside the Western Sydney Wanderers and insightful panel discussion hosted by Richard Parkin (Leopold Method and Guardian Australia), with guests:

PARRAMATTA | Saturday 10 October | 2.30pm | Riverside Theatres | Session finished


Dir Paul Connorton, 2015, Australia, 58min, No Age restriction, English | Cast Tony Popovic, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Shannon Cole, Ante Covic | Keywords Documentary, Asian Champions League, A-League | Courtesy of Fox Sports

Re-live the extraordinary season that saw a new club from Western Sydney rise to be Champions of Asia!

941 days after they were formed, and in just their 73rd competitive game, the Wanderer’s had a chance to make history, becoming the first Australian team to lift the Asian Champions League trophy. With the RBB behind them they took on the giants of Asia, from Korea and Japan in the East, to Iran and Saudi Arabia in the West, could they achieve the unthinkable? The Wanderers’ rise has been both equal parts rapid and extraordinary, now go behind the scenes of their amazing journey with Tony Popovic and his team.

Dir Donald Murray, 1971, Australia, 26min, No Age restriction, English | Cast Johnny Warren | Keywords Football Origins, Legacy, Juniors | Courtesy of National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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The story of Soccer in Australia, from nursery teams of three-year-olds right through to the international sides that are beginning to show signs of promise.

Australians play many types of football. Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Soccer, however, is the fastest growing game of them all. Australians are beginning to think in terms of Soccer. This film looks at the standards of soccer in Australia, from junior and club football, to the Socceroos. Featuring rare footage from the 1969 World Cup qualifier between Australia and Israel, featuring Socceroos captain and soccer legend Johnny Warren.

A Man and His Sport: Soccer (1971)An Australian National Film Board Production. Produced by Crawford Productions for the Australian Commonwealth Film Unit. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. 

Prod Kyle Patterson, 2000, Australia, 27min, No Age restriction, English | Cast Graham Arnold, Craig Foster, Terry Venables, Robbie Slater | Keywords The Curse, Legacy, World Cup | Courtesy of SBS, FFA

18 years on, we’re still asking, how did it happen?? A host of Socceroos give unprecedented insight into the Socceroos World Cup debacle against Iran in 1997.

How did the Socceroos blow a two goal lead after dominating for so long in that final World Cup qualifier against Iran? On the 3rd anniversary of that incredible match at the MCG, Kyle Patterson and the Toyota World Sports team provide a new insight into exactly how it all fell apart.

From problems with the Socceroos match-day management in the biggest football match in this country’s history, to interference by serial gate crasher Peter Hore, who brought down the net at the main scoreboard end when Australia was 2-0 ahead. The Mourning After is compelling viewing. Apart from Arnold, Foster, Venables and Slater, a host of other key figures provide their insights, including Craig Moore, Stan Lazaridis, Tony Vidmar and David Hill.

Toyota World Sport 'The Mourning After' (2000), Licence for SBS copyright only. Permission has been provided by FFA for game vision