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Rugby World Cup Film Captures The Heart Of The Game

Author: Mike Green Published: 3rd June 2015 16:22

The Gain Line, Rugby

Rugby World Cup Film Captures The Heart Of The Game .

A new film commissioned to celebrate this year's Rugby World Cup premieres at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this autumn.

The Gain Line, by award-winning contemporary artist Ravi Deepres, promises to take audiences on a unique journey into the heart of the game.

Taking inspiration from the gain line, the hypothetical line on the rugby field which teams endeavour to cross to gain territory, the artwork focuses on three pivotal parts of the game - the scrum, the line-out and the penalty kick.

As well as exploring the physiological, psychological and tactical dimensions of rugby, The Gain Line also celebrates its social, historical and cultural impact.

The game of Rugby

During the project, Deepres has filmed at Twickenham during the Six Nations Tournament and visited the birthplace of the game - filming a Rugby Lions training session and match, and recording Rugby School boys playing a game on The Close.

The Gain Line was commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella.

It premieres at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on September 12 - just a week before England play the opening game of the Rugby World Cup - before being presented at Bath's Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts and Leicester's Phoenix arts centre.

Nikki Grange, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's arts, heritage and visit or services manager, said: "We're delighted to have commissioned this ambitious artwork in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella to mark this year's Rugby World Cup and celebrate the town's place in history as the birthplace of the game.

"The Gain Line will also become a permanent addition to the Rugby Collection of fine art, supporting Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's commitment to collecting contemporary film work by British artists."

Steven Bode, Film and Video Umbrella director, said: "Film and Video Umbrella is very pleased to be joining forces with Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to create a major new film work for this singular occasion and context.

"We are equally happy to be collaborating with Ravi Deepres, an artist whose eye for a distinctive image, and whose understanding of the dynamics of movement, promises to bring unexpected insights into the spectacle of rugby as a sport."

Ravi Deepres, an artist, film-maker and photographer, has established an international reputation for his still and moving image work.

He has exhibited across the UK and abroad, and his work has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Tokyo New National Theatre and the Paris Opera House.

The Gain Line runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from 12th September 2015 to 9th January 2016.

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