Wear the Rose: An England Rugby Dream made by Richard Cooke and team at TCO London followed the incredible Red Roses in their build up to the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand.

This two part documentary shows the hard work and dedication the team experiences in order to achieve greatness.

Halo provided full Picture and Sound Post Production.

Series Producer & Director Richard Cooke said, “Women’s sport in the UK has reached a crucial stage for its growth and development, and on the back of the Lioness’ victory in the Euros, the England’s women’s rugby team has the chance of becoming World Champions. That would make 2022 a truly momentous year.

We set about making a documentary that would engage not only the existing rugby community, but to bring the sport to a wider audience and encourage participation of young women and girls, the next generation of Red Roses.

Usually, I would have a full season of around nine months to film with an elite sports team, but this time I only had three months. With the departure of the team to New Zealand for the start of the World Cup, our turnaround time was always going to be extremely tight. Knowing that Halo had delivered for me on ‘Sunderland ‘til I Die’, they were the obvious choice to provide offline and online facilities.

I particularly like the enthusiasm and engagement for the subject matter by the Halo team. Fortunately Dubbing Mixer Gerrit Swanepoel is a keen rugby fan, creating a realistic sound design to emphasise the physicality of the game can often be a really tricky challenge, but he achieved the perfect balance. Paul Koren (Colourist) and Adam Hall (Online Editor) also understood and executed the brief efficiently and effortlessly. All were a pleasure to work with.

TCO London Head of Production Josh Hillman said, “The main production challenge we faced with Wear The Rose was that we were documenting an unfolding story but then needing to deliver it almost immediately to air just before the World Cup began… with just 5 days between our final shoot day and TX!

Halo understood the challenge from the beginning and the production team headed by Louisa Sutherland – Smith and Karen Kavanagh our post producer helped make the impossible possible with a seamless finishing and delivery. Sound Team Tom Foster & Gerrit Swanepoel helped bring the series to life which was then beautifully coloured by the lovely Paul Koren. Halo made some incredibly polished work in the short period we had available and we look forward to coming back soon with our next project.

Director: Richard Cooke
Colourist: Paul Koren
Online Editor: Adam Hall
Sound Team: Tom Foster & Gerrit Swanepoel
Post Producer: Karen Kavanagh
Sales Exec: Matt Locke

‘Wear the Rose: An England Rugby Dream’ is available to watch on ITV Hub.

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