Wild Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | November 13, 2017 0

A stunning new TV series is charting one of the world’s most breathtaking but rarely explored coastlines, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Award-winning wildlife cameraman, Colin Stafford-Johnson, takes viewers on a spectacular journey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic seaboard – from the air, on land and from beneath the waves, from the Skellig Rocks to the Sea of Moyle. In a personal journey, the Planet Earth cameraman returns to the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films.

Seals on the Blasket Islands

Seals on the Blasket Islands

If it wins an award ahead of Planet Earth 2, you know it’s good. Planet Earth 2 and the most recent BBC documentary, Blue Planet 2, have rightfully been showered with praise, but a documentary made closer to home is also picking up well-deserved accolades.

Made by Irish production company Crossing the Line and broadcast on the BBC and TG4 earlier this year, Wild Ireland highlights the wildlife and landscapes of Ireland’s Atlantic coast and some of the most breath-taking sights on the Wild Atlantic Way.

It was the subject of much acclaim when broadcast this year and this week, it fought off competition from Planet Earth 2 and a host of the finest wildlife films of the year to claim the award for Best Natural History Documentary at the prestigious Grierson Awards. Directors John Murray and Cepa Giblin said they were stunned and humbled in equal measure to bring home the award and paid tribute to the team behind the series, amongst them principal cameraman Domenico Pontillo from Kerry and series host Colin Stafford Johnson.

The success of Wild Ireland follows on from the global acclaim for The Farthest, a Crossing the Line production that has been included on the longlist for Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards.

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