Equal the Contest
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Equal the Contest


Equal the Contest

Equal the Contest

Sun 19 Nov 2:00 PM

The Capitol
Allocated Seating
Unclassified 15+
77 Mins | Australia

At a time when sports governing bodies, from grassroots to elite level, have been falling over themselves to deny access to participation to trans and gender-diverse people, here’s non-binary filmmaker Mitch Nivalis sounding a countermanding clarion call, per their film’s logline: “When the rules exclude you, rewrite them.”

Equal the Contest follows Nivalis’ experience learning to play AFL with the Mount Alexander Falcons, an Australian rules football club in Castlemaine created in 2021 by and for women and gender-diverse people, and their quest to be allowed to play in the Central Victoria Football League. In this gentle and personal agitprop film arguing for the universal right to participate in sport, Nivalis attaches cameras to their body in a filmmaking masterstroke, the better that we feel, as viewers, that we’re participating too.

Screening followed by Q&A with director, Mitch Nivalis, Mount Alexander Falcons President, Alana Wearne and Falcons Volunteer Coordinator, Herbie.

The Capitol

113 Swanston Street Melbourne, Victoria, 3000