XV Beyond the Try Line

The RUGBY WORLD CUP is one of the great sporting events and the eighth staging of the competition took place last year with England as the hosts. Our film will provide a unique take on the tournament. We see the World Cup through the eyes of a number of different characters all with key roles at RWC2015.

These characters include the Twickenham head groundsman, a kit man, a coach driver, a physio, a Welsh choir, a pair of Argentinian Tango dancers, referee Nigel Owens and tournament volunteers. We turned our cameras on the media too as well as some of the key players and coaches from the tournament. And for the first time in RUGBY WORLD CUP history we had dressing room access. In addition we feature insight from some legends of the game – World Cup winners, Wilkinson, Fitzpatrick, Stransky, and Lynagh as well as the great Argentine star, Agustin Pichot.

Programme Makers

Director, PIERRE DESCHAMPS, spent three months in New Zealand prior to the RWC 2011 and his documentary ‘Rugby – the Lifeblood of New Zealand’ won acclaim all over the rugby playing world and was broadcast internationally. He recently completed the film ‘Noma – My Perfect Storm’ about world famous restaurant Noma and head chef, Rene Redzepi. It has already won ‘Best Documentary’ at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Pierre is also an award winning director for best short documentary, best editing and best cinematography.

Producer, ROB SLOMAN, specialises in sports films. He spent 15 years in live TV with Sky, BBC and ITV before turning to documentaries. He filmed with the British and Irish Lions in 2001 and the England Rugby World Cup winning squad of 2003. He has made films with, amongst others, Sebastian Coe, Nick Faldo, Bobby Charlton, Kelly Holmes, bike racing great Carl Fogarty and Sir AP McCoy. Rob made the documentary life story of golfer Seve Ballesteros and was then archive producer for ‘Seve – The Movie’ released in 2014.

Producer & Post Production Supervisor, PAULA CRICKARD, has worked in the film industry in a variety of roles including documentary & drama director, art department, material acquisitions for Wild Bunch Sales. Paula has worked in several territories including US for independent production companies Killer Films in NYC and Palomar Pictures in LA. She is nominated for a BIFA for her role as Producer on Winter (2014) and other credits include Producer La Boheme Live at Soho Theatre (2015) Calloused Hands (2013), Associate Producer for Forgive U.S. (2013).


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