Documentary Movie Review: XV: Beyond the Tryline (2016) #atozchallenge


Welcome to Panorama of the Mountains! My name is Liam and I enjoy watching documentary movies.  This month I will be reviewing 26 documentaries from A-to-Z!

Since it’s so hard to find things starting with the letter X, I typically go algebraic and use X to represent a number.  But in this case I have a movie title that starts with the letter X but is also part of the Roman numeral for “15.”

Documentaries starting with the letter X that I have previously reviewed include:

Documentaries starting with numbers that I have previously reviewed include:

Title: XV: Beyond the Tryline
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Director: Pierre Deschamps
Production Company: RWC Legacy Productions (main) | Finite Films | Documentree Films | Scampy Jones Media
Summary/Review:

I know next to nothing about rugby other than that there are two codes – rugby union and rugby league – and fans are fiercely partisan about which code is better.  This documentary takes place at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England where national rugby union teams representing twenty countries participated.  Your typical sports documentary would feature highlights with interviews with players, coaches, journalists, and maybe some fans.  This documentary is different as it explores the game of rugby with interviews with a referee, the medical staff, stadium volunteers, choirs performing the national anthems, the locker room logistics expert, a photographer, amateur rugby players and coaches, parents, and the groundskeeper at Twickenham Stadium (Keith Kent, the groundskeeper was my favorite). I still don’t know much about rugby, but I found the enthusiasm that all these people had for the sport to be infectious.

Rating: ***1/2

One thought on “Documentary Movie Review: XV: Beyond the Tryline (2016) #atozchallenge

  1. I also know very little about rugby, but the documentary does sound interesting and intimate. Lots of different perspectives represented there. So, if I were to watch a documentary about rugby (which seems like a remote contingency at the moment, but hey, things happen), I would probably want to watch this one. Great entry! And an interesting premise for an A to Z!

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