Who We Are

Crossing the Line is one of Ireland’s leading international documentary producers. 


Specialising in subjects they are passionate about, the company’s creative team makes a small number of highly crafted films annually and these have been nominated for some of the highest awards in world television including five Emmy nominations in the last four years and multiple Irish Film & Television awards including best documentary series on three different occasions. The team have also won the most prestigious international awards in the natural history film world - Best of Festival at both Wildscreen and The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival on two occasions for films about the fate of India’s tigers and the wildlife of Ireland’s River Shannon.


Other past work includes the landmark film on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis for America’s Public Broadcasting System PBS  and a cinema feature on The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. The company are currently producing a landmark film on the Voyager space mission and a series on Ireland’s wild west coast for some of the world’s leading broadcasters.


John Murray

  • Managing Director
  • Producer / Director / Cameraman
John is managing director of Crossing the Line Films. Over the last twelve years, he has directed over 30 films for some of the world’s leading broadcasters and has won numerous national and international awards. He has also produced 70 other films with leading Irish and international directors.
John graduated from Trinity College Dublin in Zoology before joining RTÉ as a presenter and reporter on nine different series of science, environmental and health programmes. He was co-author of Lonely Planet’s first ‘Ireland, Travel Survival Kit’. In 1991 he made his first film chronicling the first Irish expedition to attempt an 8000 metre Himalayan peak and since then has made films on Everest, the North Pole, through the Northwest Passage, across Siberia and the Sahara amongst many other locations. He still likes to shoot and direct whenever he gets the chance.

Siobhan Ward

  • Producer / Production Manager
Siobhan has been with Crossing the Line since 2004 working her way from production assistant and runner through to producer / production manager overseeing all CTL productions. Siobhan has worked on over 30 different productions for RTE, TG4, BBC, PBS, Arte, ZDF, National Geographic, History Channel and many others. Her producer credits include short films Swing Talking & If These Walls Could Talk and feature documentaries Today is Better than Two Tomorrows and Here Was Cuba.

Cepa Giblin

  • Producer / Researcher
Cepa joined Crossing the Line in 2005 as researcher on their highly successful series Wild Trials and has since gone on to work on all of CTLs natural history projects. She recently spent almost a year in India working on the company's tiger conservation film Broken Tail while also producing The Eagles Return, a IFTA nominated wildlife series. She is currently working on a four part series on the River Shannon and a ten part natural history radio series for RTE Radio One. She continues to research and develop new ideas for future projects with special emphasis on wildlife and environmental subjects.

Séamus Connolly

  • Post-Production Manager / Phantom Camera Tech / Equipment Hire

Séamus joined the Crossing the Line team in 2008 as an assistant and has worked on all of CTL’s productions since then. In his current capacity as post-production manager he oversees the technical aspects of the archival, editing and delivery workflows. His credits include ‘Here Was Cuba,’ ‘The Secret Life of the Shannon,’ ‘Des Bishop: Breaking China,’ ‘We Went to War,’ ‘Broken Tail’s Last Journey’ ‘Shutterbugs,’ and ‘Charlie Bird’s American Year.’