Documentary Review: Everything In Between

Everything In Between

Genre: Documentary
Director: Andrew King
Cast: Ron Rutland, James Owens
Synopsis: In February 2019, two strangers set out on a 20,000km cycling expedition from London to Tokyo. They had to arrive within 230 days in order to deliver the official whistle for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. This is the story of the wild human adventure that happened in between.

For someone who doesn’t really enjoy watching sport, I really love watching sports documentaries. And what intrigued me about Everything In Between was that it essentially is a human story. It tells the story of Ron Rutland and James Owens who undergo a journey from London to Tokyo to deliver the official whistle for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

Rutland, a South African rugby enthusiast, had undergone similar adventures – travelling across Africa, travelling to the UK for the 2015 RWC. But this time, he joined forces with James Owen, from the UK, to cycle 20 000km over 230 days from London to Tokyo. It is just as crazy as it sounds, and Rutland and Owen are very honest throughout the journey about their challenges, what they struggled with and what angered or upset them. It was raw, honest and seemed realistic. 

The journey showed the pair riding through Europe and Asia, and even though they were on tight schedule they did have some time to stop off and spend some time with the locals. And this is where the true gems of the film lied. Especially in some of the countries in Asia which we rarely see represented, Rutland and Owen were able to lean on the power of human connection and create some special moments. In was especially powerful when they were playing rugby with children in other countries, just demonstrating how sport can transcend language and culture. 

One of the other main themes was the power fo teamwork, which is another thing that is important in rugby. Rutland, having done similar trips, is clearly used to doing things on his own. He gets frustrated with Owen for his leisurely pace, he gets upset with himself when he is not able to do certain things or if it does not fit into his schedule. But in the end, when he wants to give up, it is Owen that pulls him through, mainly because Owen knows how important it is for him, and how angry he would be with himself if he didn’t complete the journey the way he wants to. 

The endeavour, ‘The Race to the Rugby World Cup’ ended up raising over R2 000 000 for the official RWC charity, Child Fund. But the story, itself, is one of perseverance, of strength and of adventure, and is an inspiring watch. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Watch Everything In Between on Showmax

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