Salute (2008 film)
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|Directed by||Matt Norman|
|Produced by||Matt Norman|
|Written by||Matt Norman|
|Starring||Peter Norman |
|Music by||David Hirschfelder|
|Edited by||John Leonard |
Wingman Pictures International
The Actors Cafe
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures |
Salute (occasionally known as Salute: The Peter Norman Story) is a 2008 Australian sports documentary film directed, produced and written by Matt Norman. It tells the role of Peter Norman, Norman's uncle, in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
The film provides an insight into an incident at the 1968 Summer Olympics which saw two United States athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, give the black power salute from the victory dais after the 200 metres final. The film focuses on the third man on the dais, silver medal winner Peter Norman, who showed his support for Smith and Carlos by donning an "Olympic Project for Human Rights" (OPHR) badge on his way to the podium. It was also Norman who suggested to Smith and Carlos that they share the black gloves used in their salute, after Carlos had left his gloves in the Olympic Village. This is the reason for Smith raising his right fist, while Carlos raised his left. Asked later about his support of Smith and Carlos' cause by the world's press, Norman said he opposed his country's government's White Australia policy.
The film documents the subsequent reprimand of Norman by the Australian Olympic authorities, and his ostracism by the Australian media. Despite Norman running qualifying times for both the 100m and 200m during 1971/72, the Australian Olympic track team did not send him to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. It also documents Norman's reunion with Smith and Carlos, shortly before his death in 2006.
The film debuted at the Sydney Film Festival on 8 June 2008. It was released Australia-wide on 17 July 2008.
While there had been attempts by American filmmakers to put together a piece on the event, these earlier films had overlooked the actions of Peter Norman. As a result, Matt Norman realised that the full story of his famous uncle had never been told and began filming Salute at the end of 2002.
In 2008, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payton of Transmission films were signed on as Australian distributors and later brought on board Paramount Pictures Australia to release the film nationally in cinemas throughout Australia.
- 2009 – Won - Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (aka Atlanta DocuFest): Best Social Documentary 
- 2009 – Won - Santa Cruz Film Festival: Jury Award – Best Documentary Feature 
- 2009 – Nominated - Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: FCCA Award - Best Feature Documentary 
- 2008 – Won - Sydney Film Festival: Audience Award - Best Australian Documentary 
- 2008 – Won - Rhode Island Film Festival: Audience Award – Best Documentary 
Salute grossed $233,411 at the box office in Australia.
- "Salute" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Film Victoria // supporting Victoria's film television and games industry - Film Victoria" (PDF). www.film.vic.gov.au.
- Salute at IMDb
- Official website
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