Short film about intellectual disability footy

Jesse Maskell’s latest short film is a five minute documentary about intellectual disability football.

The five minute film focuses, in an understated way,  on the Williamstown Seagulls team and the final weeks of their 2014 season.

Jesse, a  2013 Swinburne Film & Television graduate, made the film with his Swinburne colleague Mark Hellinger.

The duo have also been working on short documentaries about aspiring Sudanese-born basketballers who have caught the eye of Australian-based US talent scouts.


Road to the Grand Final on YouTube

About Vin Maskell

Founder and editor of Stereo Stories, a partner site of The Footy Almanac. Likes a gentle kick of the footy on a Sunday morning, when his back's not playing up. Been known to take a more than keen interest in scoreboards - the older the better.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Magnificent work. The film is heartwarming and charming and well done to the players and the filmmakers. Gotta love a game that can evoke so much good in the world.

    Vin, thanks so much for sharing. Wonderful.


  2. Phil Dimitriadis says

    That was a genuinely uplifting clip Vin. Footy and sport in general needs more stories like this. Great stuff Jesse and Mark.

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Jesse and Mark – love the way you captured the various emotions.

    The point about these players not having had the chance to play footy as kids was salient.

  4. It’s a great film and I admire what players have done. Well done for players and filmmakers. The story is so inspiring and reminds me that I have to break the barrier. I must make a way to move to Melbourne for better and fulfilling life!

  5. Hi Vin

    Thanks for sharing this movie. It’s about footy, it’s about life. I love the voice over saying we hope players learn that if you get knocked down, you get up and keep going. That’s it.

    Good luck to the Seagulls in 2015.


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