Capturing the whole crazy show on film
with Robby Nimmo
Smile; you're on candid camera. Or you could be come November, when Nat Geo is to air a programme about this weekend's tournament.
Longtime Hong Kong resident Mark Erder has three film crews and a 20-person team in the stadium shooting a film called Inside the Sevens.
Erder, with his APV production company, and director Alex Wilson (pictured left, with Erder), want to create a snapshot of the tournament. They aim to cover several perspectives by following the England team, the IRB, the HKRFU, some dress-up squads, medics and mini rugby players.
'We are trailing 21 black swans, a group from Australia called the Wizard of Ox and a Taiwan performer's group,' says Erder of the dress-ups. 'We want to show the world how the Sevens happens, from top-tier athletes like Ben Gollings down to people who spend months preparing their outfits for the South Stand.
'It's impossible for anyone to be everywhere at the Sevens, but with film crews on the fly, we plan to give the world an expos?of this incredible event.
'We could not possibly have done this without the great co-operation we have received from the IRB and the HKRFU. Moving three cameras around 40,000 people in a jam-packed stadium for three days is just one of the challenges.'