'Still sickening': Shock and anger over 'painful' Adam Goodes documentary

Australians have united to stand with Adam Goodes after reliving the end of his career through the documentary ‘The Final Quarter’.

Broadcast to a wider audience for the first time on Thursday night, the film shone a light on the racism that forced the Sydney Swans legend into retirement.

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The two-time Brownlow medallist and two-time premiership player was booed relentlessly at games around Australia before he hung up the boots in 2015.

Shortly before the documentary’s premiere at a film festival last month, the AFL apologised unreservedly for its failure to call out the racism.

Adam Goodes in action for the Swans in 2015. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The league admitted that its inaction "let down all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, past and present".

Even after being warned that the documentary was an emotional journey, football fans and other Australians who tuned in were heartbroken.

Goodes’ former club began Thursday night’s viewing seeking support on social media.

The Swans sought to send the documentary viral in the form of the #WeStandWithAdam hashtag and an accompanying photo.

The tweet garnered more than 1000 retweets and 2000 likes by the conclusion of the documentary on the east coast.

Goodes' championing of issues outside football, such as Indigenous constitutional recognition, and celebration of Indigenous culture in the form of a war cry at the SCG were documented in the film.

As is the fiercely negative response from some pundits, the boos and explanations proffered by those insisting it had nothing to do with race.

Reconciliation Australia chief executive Karen Mundine hoped the documentary would be a catalyst for conversation and change that extends beyond AFL circles.

"Adam is such a strong and resilient person," Mundine told AAP last month.

"I was always amazed during that period of time, how he managed to remain true to himself but continued to be vocal.

"I really want this film to be a new conversation starter. Not just a rehash ... what do we need to change or do differently.

"So we don't have another person driven out of game or somebody in a workplace feeling so isolated and put upon they leave an industry."

with AAP