Carter doco lacks depth


Dan Carter: A Perfect 10

  • Documentary; Cert PG, contains coarse language; 1hr 32mins
  • Director: Luke Mellows

THE only revealing thing about the Dan Carter: A Perfect 10 documentary is the part where they talk about his Jockey underwear adverts.

The film – though slick and easy to watch – has little to say that surprises.

There is no resentment in his voice when he talks of his overseas career in France and Japan. This is a player whose dedication to the game is beyond reproach. He reminds one of the noble warrior – an individual whose grasp of duty and honour compels him to play for the glory of the team.

There are some poignant moments in this documentary that reveal Carter’s deeper thoughts but the real emotional centre to this film is Carter’s father, Neville. His anecdote of watching Dan play the World Cup on television after returning from long days of rescue work in Christchurch strikes a chord in us all.

Shot in France, Japan and New Zealand, perhaps the film’s most interesting aspect is Carter’s ability to build confidence among his teammates no matter what the situation.

Carter admitted prior to its release that he was unsure how the documentary would be greeted. As pointed out by the film’s director in the narrative, Carter was often a hair’s breadth away from becoming a victim to the tall poppy syndrome but always managed to redeem himself. As one reporter opined in the film “he managed to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time”. This speaks to his innate celebrity power being counterbalanced by his absolute modesty.

As interesting as it is to hear the emotion in his voice when recounting the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, the film’s narrative barely scratches the surface of who he is and what motivates him.

Perhaps it is because there is more to this, arguably the greatest five-eighths to ever play the game, than meets the eye.