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What’s the new Aussie basketball documentary about and how do we watch it?


Australian basketball documentary, Mad Rise, boomers

There’s a new Australian basketball documentary hitting the airwaves and internet. Here’s everything you need to know.

Anyone that hasn’t noticed the rapid rise of basketball down under has been living under a rock.

From growing talent right through to popularity, the hoops scene has completely taken flight.

And it’s a story that deserved a more detailed recount. So here it is.


What’s the new Australian basketball documentary?

Led by producer Chris Appleby and powered by neds, Mad Rise will detail the emergence of basketball in Australia came off the back of a ‘golden era’ that not enough sports fans know about.

Several high profile basketballing greats paved the way for a new wave of stars that are now taking the NBA and NBL by storm.

Interest in the Boomers has never been higher, a couple of years after their historic Olympic bronze. And the group is about to embark on a FIBA World Cup campaign that has the potential to end in more silverware.

The team will be led by rising sensation Josh Giddey, plus veteran and national treasure Patty Mills. Josh Green, Jock Landale and Matisse Thybulle – all quality NBA contributors – will also play vital roles in the team’s chances.

Josh Giddey, Boomers, Australian basketball documentary
The Boomers’ World Cup hopes rest on the form of Josh Giddey | Australian basketball documentary

Mad Rise trailer

“We arrived on the Australian sporting scene with a bang,” claims hoops great Chris Anstey to open the Mad Rise trailer.

Find it below, or click here to find it on YouTube.

How to watch Mad Rise

New Australian basketball documentary, Mad Rise, is screening on Nine’s Gem, airing from 7:45pm AEST on August 17.

Following that, it’ll be available on 9Now.

What’s Mad Rise about?

The new Boomers documentary is being sold as ‘the story of Australian basketball’ and like the title suggests, it details the sport’s rapid rise down under.

Here’s the bio: Mad Rise is a landmark documentary feature, charting the remarkable rise of Australian basketball. See and hear the real stories of the players and coaches that were responsible for the sport’s ascendancy, and the events that changed Australian basketball forever.

Australian basketball documentary, Mad Rise
Australian basketball documentary, Mad Rise, 2023

“There was a time when our national team was on the cusp of greatness,” Andrew Gaze is quoted as saying in the docco.

And that’s a strong indication of what we can expect the release to dive into in more detail.

Who is featured in the new Boomers documentary

Based on the promos, it looks as though the hoops greats featured are Chris Anstey, Luc Longley, Andrew Bogut and Andrew Gaze, plus others.

Phil Prior
Phil Prior
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