A documentary centred on Nicky Winmar and his battles with racism and subsequent life struggles has secured funding and appears set to enter production.
The documentary, which has the support of the St Kilda Football Club, funding from VicHealth and other organisations, is intended to be distributed to schools as an educational tool, and to broaden discussion about racism and mental health, in what Winmar hopes will prevent bullying, help people deal with racism and improve mental wellbeing.
Winmar features in a teaser trailer for the film, Point and be Proud: The Ripple Effect that will use the famed story of how, in response to racist abuse, Winmar lifted his jumper to point to his skin at Victoria Park in April, 1993. Winmar said it would also be about “how it’s [that moment] changed my life”.
Filmmaker Peter Dickson, who has signed-on to make the 60-minute documentary, said it would expand upon this celebrated moment in Winmar’s life 26 years ago and into “how that affected his mental health going forward”.