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Who We Are

Crossing the Line Productions are one of Ireland's leading documentary film-makers making highly crafted films featuring powerful stories on subjects ranging from wildlife to science to history. In the last 5 years, we have produced multiple award-winning feature documentaries, television series and one-offs. These films have been broadcast worldwide in many different countries including on RTÉ, BBC, ZDF, Arte, PBS, France TV and SVT and screened at numerous festivals. Our films 'Broken Tail' and 'On a River in Ireland' have both been awarded the highest honours in natural history film-making with 'Broken Tail' winning the top prize at Jackson Hole Film Festival while 'On a River in Ireland' won both that award and the Golden Panda for best film at the Wildscreen Film Festival. In 2017 “Wild Ireland – The Edge of the World” won the Grierson Award for Best Natural History Documentary and a Royal Television Society NI Award for Best Specialist Factual.


Funded by the Irish Film Board, Tangled Bank Studios LLC (a division of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), BBC, ZDF/Arte, SVT and RTÉ and with its development part-financed by Creative Europe Slate Funding, our feature documentary “The Farthest” was our largest scale project to date enjoying a theatrical release across the USA, UK, and Ireland. Qualifying for the Oscars longlist, it was broadcast in the UK, USA, Germany, France, had countless festival screenings, won multiple awards and worldwide sales are now handled by Kew Media Group. It also won the George Morrison Award for Best Feature Documentary at the recent 2018 IFTAs.

CTLP were the first Irish documentary producer to move into HD and then subsequently into 4K. We are currently the only Irish documentary production company to own a Phantom High Speed Camera and have set up Ireland's only specialist slow motion filming unit and associated website – Using this technology and our expertise in filming wildlife we have also set up a specialist wildlife slow motion stock footage website – Our Phantom kit joins our host of other kits which include Red Epic and a variety of other Panasonic and Sony full spec broadcast kits. 


John Murray

In the last 20 years, John Murray has produced and directed over 100 films for some of the world's leading broadcasters. He was won numerous national and international awards including a 2017 Grierson award, the highest honours in natural history filmmaking at Jackson Hole & Wildscreen Festivals as well as an Emmy nomination for his cinematography in 2015. John made his very first film in 1991 chronicling the first Irish expedition to attempt an 8000 metre Himalayan peak and since then has made films on Everest, the North Pole, the South Pole, across Siberia and the Sahara amongst many other locations. Career highlights would include producing the multi-award winning 'The Farthest', 'Here Was Cuba', 'Broken Tail' and 'On a River in Ireland'.

Siobhán Ward

Siobhán has been with Crossing the Line since 2004 now working as a producer / production manager overseeing all of the company’s productions from development to contracting and right through to final delivery. Siobhán has worked on over 40 different projects for PBS, BBC, Arte, ZDF, France TV, RTÉ and many others. She has managed productions that span right across the globe – the Arctic, Antarctic, Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia as well as all of CTL’s award-winning natural history projects of recent years. Her producer credits include short films 'Swing Talking' & 'If These Walls Could Talk', children's series 'What Makes My Day', feature documentaries 'Today is Better than Two Tomorrows', the Grierson nominated' Here Was Cuba' and IFTA award-winning 'Blood of the Irish'.


Cepa Giblin

Cepa Giblin is an Emmy nominated documentary film maker who has worked with Crossing the Line since 2005. She has produced documentaries for numerous international broadcasters including BBC, PBS, ORF, France TV and RTÉ. Cepa was producer of 'On a River in Ireland' Crossing the line’s internationally acclaimed documentary on the River Shannon which was nominated for 3 Emmys and winner of the two highest accolades for wildlife films in the industry – the Golden Panda & the Grand Teton. Career highlights would include a Grierson Award in 2017 for directing 'Wild Ireland – The Edge of the World', Jackson Hole winning film 'Broken Tail' and IFTA winning series 'Wild Cities'. Cepa has also produced and directed science and nature based programming for children as well as travel and historical documentaries. She is a graduate of Environmental Science and her interests have always been in nature, wildlife and conservation.


Séamus Connolly

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 ‘The Farthest’, ‘Wild Ireland’, ‘Here Was Cuba,’ ‘On a River in Ireland’ and ‘Broken Tail’.


Siobhán Murray

Siobhán has worked with the company for the past 6 years and is the Accounts Manager responsible for handling all the day-to-day accounting of the business as well as the tax affairs and annual reporting. She has worked for the company since her return to Ireland after living abroad for many years. She previously worked in Spain and the US as co-owner of a successful European furniture manufacturer where she dealt with their clients’ accounts and oversaw the Spanish and Italian manufacturing teams.