#waterwaysireland – The highly acclaimed nature documentary The Secret Life of the Shannon has been nominated for awards for Best Wildlife Habitat Program, Best Presenter-Led Program and Best Editing for at the world's leading Wildlife Film Festival - Jackson Hole in Wyoming USA.
The Irish documentary by Crossing the Line Films saw off competition from over 500 of the best international wildlife films to receive nominations at this prestigious festival and is nominated alongside the biggest names in the Industry - Disney for their feature film on Chimpanzees, BBC for their Africa & Frozen Planet Series.
The biannual festival brings together the world's best natural history broadcasters, producers and filmmakers and has grown to be the largest and most highly regarded competition of the natural history genre. This year's festival received a record number of submissions competing for their highly coveted awards.
The Shannon documentary brings viewers on a wonderful journey along Ireland's great river, revealing its secretive wild inhabitants in intimate detail. Beautifully filmed, and accompanied by atmospheric score, the film sees presenter Colin Stafford Johnson travel the 340km-long river in his canoe, revealing the beauty of its varied habitats, flora and fauna.
Filmed over two years, it features extraordinary animal behaviour captured with the very latest camera technologies and brings a number of firsts to Irish natural history filmmaking – Daubenton's bats filmed hunting in slow motion; whooper swans filmed in extreme close-up as they fly over the river's great lakes; and a kingfisher fishing underwater, filmed at over 1,000 frames per second. Breathtaking footage reveal the natural world of Ireland as never before.
The Secret Life of the Shannon (titled internationally 'On a River in Ireland') was produced by Crossing the Line in association with RTÉ, with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, ESB, Waterways Ireland, the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.