The Lost Season (2021)
The Lost Season is an observational documentary following four teenage footy players – Zec Cuppens, Dan O’Bryan, Matty Wilson and Liv Cicolini as well as the local coach Tom Doyle – who all hail from the small country town of Finley in New South Wales (home of AFL legends Shane Crawford and Tom Hawkins). ‘Cuppo’, ‘Dano’ and ‘Matty’ are part of a talented young group of players affectionately labelled ‘The Chicken Boys’ seemingly destined to take the men’s club to its first premiership in 32 years under the caring guidance of ‘Doyley’. Meanwhile ‘Chicka’ harbours a lifelong dream of being the first girl from Finley to be drafted to the AFLW. All of this is thrown into turmoil however, when the outbreak of COVID-19 threatens to derail the season as each character questions just how much football means to them and what their future might hold. The Lost Season explores the soul of rural footy and the way it binds a country town together.