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Kirk marvels at Aussie rules reach
Brett Kirk, and footy, in India. Picture: Second Nature Films

The global spread of the AFL has stunned even one of the game’s most spiritual characters, Fremantle assistant coach Brett Kirk.

The 2005 premiership captain’s worldwide journey, which was filmed in 20 different countries where Australia’s indigenous code is now played, is documented in the film titled, “Aussie Rules The World. It will screen at Northbridge’s Cinema Paradiso next Monday night.

Kirk told that he could barely believe what he saw as he travelled with his wife Hayley and their then four children under six years of age, though places such as Israel, Iceland, India and South Africa.

“It’s still a bit bizarre thinking back to the whole thing,” Kirk said.

“The memories, when I close my eyes, they are really vivid. It was a really special experience to travel with my family overseas, but to also stay connected with the game.”

Aussie Rules The World is narrated by award-winning actor David Wenham and directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre.

See more of Kirk’s journey tonight on Channel 7’s Today Tonight and in The West Australian’s Pre-Game liftout tomorrow.

The West Australian

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