Almanac History: A short film about Peter Norman

Alex Darling recently wrote a  piece on the iconic podium presentation photo from the 1968 Olympic Men’s 200 meters, where Australia’s Peter Norman stood in support of Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they protested.


That piece prompted Peter’s son Matt to contact The Footy Almanac. He shared a link to a short film about that moment.


We are happy to share it on.





If you also want to see Matt’s documentary Salute you can get it from



If you want to read Alex Darling’s piece, click here.



About Matt Norman (from Wingmanpictures website):


Matt Norman has been working in the Film Industry in Australia for over 20 years. First starting out as a Professional Actor, training at National Theatre Drama School, Matt spent nearly 16 years on Australian Television, Theatre, Television Commercials, Short and Feature length films. Matt‘s Filmmaking career started in the early 2000s where he made his first film “All the king’s horses”, a short feature starring John Flaus and John Brumpton.


Matt continued honing his craft with three more back to back Short Features, “The Writer” – Starring Kim Gyngell, Rob Carlton, Krista Vendy, Mel Butel, and John Flaus, “The Umbrella Men” (For Tropfest’s Best of the Rest) Starring Damien Walshe-Howling and Benji McNair, and “Shank” Starring Matt Norman and Rob Carlton.


Matt’s career then skyrocketed working up to his first Feature Length Documentary “Salute”, which was distributed through Paramount Pictures, Transmission, and Warner Brothers. Over the past 5 Years Matt has also Co-Authored two books “A Race to Remember” and in 2018 “The Peter Norman Story” through Macmillan Publishing.


Matt then Executive Produced the American film “The Third Man” with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman for ESPN Films.


All of Matt’s film projects have Won Critical Acclaim at both local and International Film Festivals.


Matt’s biggest film project to date is “The fastest white man in the World”, a feature film that will see Matt Norman debut as writer/director on this feature film project.



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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Excellent! Needs to be shown in all schools, sporting clubs, and parliament! Powerful message.

  2. Thanks Matt. The Peter Norman story is remarkable. I look forward now to seeing Salute.

  3. Steve Earl says

    Well done Matt
    I had the pleasure of an afternoon with your uncle at a friends 40th birthday many years ago on a tall ship from Williamstown on a typically cold and windy Melbourne day
    I share Colins sentiment – schools should have a genuine history program – warts and all both in terms of race religion and politics / social – every sector has its prejudices , its failings and whilst we cannot undo history we can attempt to make it better provided all segments of community accept their weaknesses and take ownership and responsibility of them – nothing will be achieved without acceptance of our past and present indiscretions

  4. Rod Oaten says

    What a fantastic short film. I agree with Col it should be essential viewing.

  5. There is a powerful argument to declare that Peter Norman’s actions at the 1968 Olympics are the most iconic in the history of Australian sport.
    And how he was subsequently treated are the most disgraceful actions in the history of Australian sport.

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