Sunshine Super Girl
Sunshine Super Girl is a quintessentially Australian story about a Black girl from the bush who, with the unlikely support of an outback farming town and her loving family, rises to become a world tennis champion in 1971 at the tender age of 19 - making Evonne Goolagong a household name.
On a high riverbank on Wiradjuri country, Evonne fishes for Murray cod and reflects on her incredible life journey - from the dirt floor of her family’s shack outside Griffith to meeting royalty on Wimbledon Centre Court; her homesickness while “living white” with her coach’s family in Sydney; to her battles with racism and media paternalism and local race politics; to her controversial decision to play in South Africa during Apartheid to become the first Black woman to win the South African Open.
When she retired in 1982, Evonne had won 92 professional tournaments and was a finalist in 18 Grand Slam events and seven singles – winning Wimbledon twice, the French Open once and the Australian Open four times.
More than a rags-to-riches tale, Goolagong’s heartwarming story is a celebration of spirit and passion over privilege and racism; and a tribute to a great Wiradjuri woman who inspired a nation and offers hope and possibility to thousands of young girls across the country.
With its peculiarly Australian sensibility, humour and humility, Sunshine Super Girl asks us to consider our nation’s future and the larger collective significance of our individual actions on the next ‘Goolagong’ waiting in the wings.
Writer/director Andrea James
Choreography Vicki Van Hout
Sound Designer Gail Priest
Produced by Performing Lines
Images by Jamie James