Ronnie O’Sullivan hid nothing from the cameras in his brilliant new documentary (Picture: Getty)
Snooker fans have waited a long time to see Ronnie O’Sullivan: The Edge of Everything and their patience has been rewarded because it is so much more than expected.
Cameras followed the Rocket closely in the build-up to the 2022 World Championship and throughout his campaign in Sheffield as he hunted down a record-equalling seventh title at the Crucible.
A behind-the-scenes, access-all-areas look at the GOAT preparing for the sport’s biggest event and then living through the iconic tournament was what appeared to be in the pipeline.
The Edge of Everything delivered what was promised on that front, but the film is a lot more than just documenting a snooker competition; it heads all the way back to the start of O’Sullivan’s epic career, unveiling the pain and torment he has dealt with and still struggles with at times now.
Many of the film’s most remarkable moments come from the relationship between O’Sullivan and his father, Ronnie Sr, with that thread running through the documentary to the brilliant climax.
The relationship between elite sportspeople and their fathers is often integral to their story. The recent David Beckham documentary made that clear, while the endlessly headline-grabbing involvement of John Fury in Tyson’s career continues to rumble on.
It is Beckham’s production company that is behind the O’Sullivan film, but this is very different to the enjoyable but relatively tepid PR exercise on the footballer. Equally, the father-son relationship is far from the same across the two pieces.
The Rocket’s relationship with his father is very different to most and The Edge of Everything does not shy away from the details of Ronnie Sr’s conviction for murder and how that left his young son as a huge fish in the snooker pond but struggling to keep swimming.
Ronnie O’Sullivan Sr, far left, has a key role in the documentary (Picture: Getty)
The man once know as the Essex Exocet says in one scene he would be a ‘loser’ without the input of his dad and the push to make him the best player in the world from as young as nine years old has ultimately been successful.
There is no shortage of pain and torment, though, as illustrated in a tearjerking message from Ronnie’s mother Maria at one stage, remembering how she had to tell her son his father had been jailed.
Pain and torment are prevalent on the snooker side of things as well, with O’Sullivan living up to the title of the film by appearing very much on the edge during the World Championship final against Judd Trump.
What is going through a player’s head and what is being said behind dressing room doors have always been fascinations of snooker fans as the cueists sit silently in their chair before disappearing out of the arena. We are granted a look behind the curtain at both and it is intense.
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