A film about family and father figures, "Footy Legends" was the feel-good movie of 2006.
The good news is you don't need to be a fan of rugby league or even understand the sport to want to cheer on the Yagoona Schooners, as Khoa Do's movie is laced with universal themes and loveable characters.
Do, who was named 2005's Young Australian of the Year, tackles similar issues to his award-winning documentary about the lower classes of western Sydney, "The Finished People".
Since his mother's death, Luc Vu (Anh Do) has been the sole guardian of his 11-year-old sister Anne (Lisa Saggers). Despite his best efforts - and the pressure of his war veteran Granddad (Dao Minh Sinh) - Luc has been unable to find a job and balance his responsibilities.
When a case worker (Claudia Karvan) from the Department of Community Services arrives on his doorstep, Luc is confronted with the inevitable: unless he finds permanent employment, Anne will be taken into foster care.
In a moment of desperation, an idea is born: Luc assembles a team of his best mates to play in the Holden Cup, a rugby league competition that offers a brand new Holden Ute as its grand prize, and employment with clothing company Lowes.
In the weeks leading up to the championship game, Luc's dedication brings the entire community to its feet.
This rags-to-riches sports story has been told countless times before, but "Footy Legends" is touching, fresh and funny.
The performances from the entire cast are natural, even subtle, but it's Anh Do who exhibits the makings of a true movie star. With his immensely likeable personality, cheeky smile and solid comic timing, Do carries the film with confidence.
Special appearances by football commentators Matthew Johns and Mario Fenech, as well as rugby league legends Brett Kenny, Bradley Clyde and Cliff Lyons, ground the film in reality.
Kudos to the soundtrack, which contains Aussie favourites such as the Hoodoo Gurus' "What's My Scene", Hunters & Collectors' "Holy Grail" and, more recently, Shannon Noll's "Shine".
The outcome is predictable, but it's the journey to get there that's important. "Footy Legends" is a distinctly Australian film and deserved to be a hit at the box office.
Initial release: August 3, 2006
Director: Khoa Do
Running time: 90 minutes
Screenplay: Khoa Do
Producer: Khoa Do