Phil Carman 1980

Phil Carman was one of the VFL’s most brilliant players, dazzling spectators and developing a passionate following amongst fans in the 70s and early 80s. However his career was marred by violent incidents, resulting in short-lived contracts with four VFL clubs. This behaviour culminated in the 1980 season at Moorabbin Linton Street oval when Carman head-butted umpire Graeme Carbery, earning him the longest suspension in VFL history (20 weeks), and signaling the end of his career as a player.

Laresa Kosloff creates a choreographed video work with local footballers, exploring the gestures and symbols that characterise the Phil Carman incident and Aussie Rules football during the late 70s and early 80s.

Image sourced from YouTube – Video still, Phil Carman and Graeme Carbery, footage taken in 1980