Analysis Of A Documentary

I recently watched Wayne Rooney’s documentary about his life and really enjoyed it. I got a few ideas from the documentary to use in my own. I have analysed the techniques used and the narrative structure to help in my production.

Rooney: The Man behind the Goals


It’s a documentary presented by Gary Lineker which explores Wayne Rooney’s life, featuring extensive interviews with Rooney himself, Coleen Rooney (his wife), and Rooney’s parents, Also, it features Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

It’s a one-off program which was first aired on BBC one at 9pm on the 5th of October 2015. The whole purpose them airing this program was to show football fans how a footballers life planned out and what they would have to go through to make it to top flight football or as professional. In addition, they aired this documentary for entertainment. Overall this documentary was informative as they shared a lot of information with the audience regarding Wayne Rooney. Furthermore, it shows the daily routine of what a footballer would be doing during his day off or outside of football. As seen in the documentary, what Rooney does outside of football is just spend as much as time with his family. You can also see this one-off documentary on BBC IPlayer for a limited time of only 7 days (1 week). The target audience is mainly; football fans, Manchester United fans, England fans. However, people who generally are into football/sports prefer to watch it.


The techniques that were being used in the documentary were archive, interviews, observational and reportage. Archive was being used when they were looking back on Rooney’s achievements, past history and what he had done to make those things happen and they did this by showing shots of him in action e.g. against Fenerbahce on his Champions League debut where he scored a hat-trick. There was plenty of Interviews when people such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo and this was shown on camera by Gary Lineker and the person who is being interviewed face to face. Furthermore, there was observational techniques used such as long shots, close ups, and the sounds of the fans cheering. Additionally, there was reportage of false rumours regarding that Rooney had handed a transfer request in 2010, but Rooney had denied this and committed his future to Manchester United. This was shown as archive as they looked back on this particular moment with some flashback moments which included him facing the press with at the time manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Narrative/narration structure:

It was a voiceover and narrated by Gary Lineker who played a huge role. Gary Lineker was chose to do the interviewing because of many reasons; firstly, he was a footballer himself, experienced (presenting/hosting Match of the day) and he was the third leading goal scorer for England behind Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney himself. So it was in both 3rd person as it was just Gary Lineker talking. However, it was in 1st person as a variety of people obviously including Wayne Rooney were being interviewed by Gary Lineker. I chose to analyse the middle part of the documentary and I know that it’s the middle part of the documentary because the documentary is structured chronologically, so it’s giving the events one by and one. For example the documentary starts off with him playing for Everton, then Manchester United and finally for England so it’s basically giving an overview of the teams that he played for and what he had achieved at each stage/club and for country (England).

Is the documentary biased/objective, or subjective?

Personally, I wouldn’t say that this documentary is biased because it’s different players, managers and people who are talking about Rooney’s life and what he has achieved. Also, it wasn’t just Manchester United and England players who were giving their overall of ‘Mr Wayne Rooney’ so critics can’t go on about this being a biased documentary which was just making Rooney look good. Therefore its objective because we see everyone’s opinion. For example when Rooney was explaining the events in the past he had personal feelings e.g. when explaining the red card incident in the 2004 euros he had regrets over that decision of getting sent off and letting his team mates and home nation down. So you can tell that he was annoyed with himself from his facial expressions. Additionally, it was mainly pro-Rooney through the entire documentary (starting at Everton aged 16 all the way to playing for Manchester United at 30 years of age). He started his career as a professional footballer which then secured him to play for one of the biggest teams in the world ‘Manchester United’.


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