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We are excited to be launching AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD! After reading a small article in the Sydney Morning Herald about Swan’s superstar Brett Kirk becoming the AFL International Ambassador, we thought his journey would make a great film for both footy fans and travelers. I grew up in Tasmania and have been a dedicated Tigers fan since I was 10. My mum has been a St Kilda supporter for 58 years and now my son is a passionate Swans’ supporter. Stay tuned on Facebook/Twitter and sign up for our newsletter to hear more about the film!

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Daily Telegraph speaks to Brett Kirk about Aussie Rules The World

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kirk was the captain on the Sydney Swans.Brett Kirk still beaming after global mission filming Aussie Rules The World

  • AUGUST 01, 2014

IF EVER there was a bloke who could boldly go where no man has taken the Sherrin before, it’s Brett Kirk.

That’s just what he did shortly after his retirement in 2010, when he visited 23 countries creating the film Aussie Rules the World.

With his wife Hayley, son Indhi, 6, twin daughters Memphys and Tallulah, 4, and Sadie, 2, in tow, Sydney filmmaker Michael Stringer McIntyre and Kirk travelled to all points of the compass to spread the word.

“It was an incredible adventure,” Kirk told The Daily Telegraph.

“When I retired from footy I wanted to go on an adventure. What I had in mind was Australia, my young family and maybe a caravan.”

“Then David Matthews (Giants chief executive and then AFL development manager) knocked on my door and all of a sudden I was planning a trip overseas tapping into the countries that are passionate about the game and­­­ involved in the international cup.”

Kirk has always been open to a broad range of ideas but his ability to travel was limited by the commitment required of a professional footballer.

“I was naive to the passion out there, it was amazing,” Kirk said. “The film really catches the spirit of what’s out there in the world and all the ­stories of how people have come across the game, how they found it.

“Some found it on the internet, some found it on late-night TV coming home after a night on the town.

“There was a guy called Fritz who was studying in Denmark, where they’ve played the game for 20 years, and he takes it back to Iceland and puts an ad in the paper asking who wants to play and he starts a competition out of that.”

Kirk also travelled to Israel, where he found the most inspiring group of players — the appropriately name Peace team, which played regularly before hostilities began in Gaza.

“There is a team made up of half Palestinian players and half Israeli players,” Kirk said. “There are some horrible things happening in the world and it shows how sport can break down so many barriers.”

Their paths are widely varied but there are some common themes in what draws the 100,000-odd players from around the globe to the game.

“There’s not a lot of rules and people like the chaos,” Kirk said. “It’s a great leveller, everyone gets a chance.

‘‘The other thing is bringing people together. People having a kick on the park and a BBQ after with the kids running around. That was me as a kid outside Albury in Burrumbuttock.”

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