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Who We Are

Crossing the Line Films is an award-winning production company specialising in travel, adventure, wildlife and historical documentaries. 

The company was originally founded in 1993 to document the first successful Irish expedition to Mount Everest and has gone on to produce some of the best selling Irish-made documentaries of recent years. Crossing the Line has filmed in over 70 countries and in some of the highest, most remote and breathtaking locations on Earth. The company has also, journeyed deep into people’s lives, homes and experiences bringing the viewer sensitive and touching human stories. The extreme lengths we go to in making our films has been rewarded with numerous nominations, prizes and awards from some of the world’s most prestigious film and television festivals. In previous years our films have won prizes at Banff and Graz, Best Documentary Series at the 2003 & 2007 & 2010  Irish Film and Television Awards and both the Best Documentary Series and Spirit of the Festival Awards at the International Celtic Film Festival.

The company has also branched into the realm of music film-making with a six part series on songwriting for RTÉ – This Note's For You – and most recently a bespoke concert filmed in New York's Greenwich village – "Liam Clancy & Friends: Live at the Bitter End".

Our films have broadcast worldwide in over 80 different countries on RTÉ, BBC, TG4, Discovery UK & Europe, Discovery USA, BBC, Channel 5, ARD, Travel, PBS, WGBH, History Channel, Odyssey, Adventure One, Sky, Planete, Voyage and many others.


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.’