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THE FARTHEST Filmmakers and Credits



Emer Reynolds – Director

Emer Reynolds is an Emmy nominated multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor. Based in Dublin Ireland, Emer most recently directed Here Was Cuba a feature documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis described by the Hollywood Reporter as "a real-life end-of-the-world-thriller." The film was commissioned by US public broadcaster PBS as their landmark documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the crisis – the closest humankind has come to nuclear destruction. In the UK, the film premiered at the prestigious Sheffield Film Festival, was broadcast by Channel 4, nominated for a Grierson Award — the UK's top documentary prize — before going on to feature in film festivals worldwide, garnering widespread acclaim for its riveting storytelling.

Over the last two decades, Emer's work has spanned feature films, TV drama and documentary including editing one of the most successful Irish feature films of all time: I Went Down. Documentaries Emer has worked on include the multi award winning, twice Emmy nominated wildlife feature Broken Tail and the three times Emmy nominated On a River in Ireland made for the BBC RTE & PBS and notable as the most awarded wildlife film in the world of the past two years. Emer has written and directed four short dramas and directed a 6-part drama series Trouble in Paradise and is on the advisory board for the National Film School of Ireland.

Emer studied Physics & Maths at Trinity College Dublin and has a lifelong passion for space exploration.

"In the 13 billion years of Planet Earth, modern humans have been around for barely 200,000 years, have developed technology in the last few hundred and have just now reach interstellar space. The story of Voyager thrills me to the core" — Emer Reynolds

John Murray – Producer

John is a multi Emmy nominated producer, director and cinematographer who has made over 100 films for almost all of the world's leading broadcasters including PBS, BBC, CBC, National Geographic, ZDF, France TV, NDR, ORF and many more. His last two wildlife films have garnered five Emmy nominations between them and won Best of Festival at both of the world's top natural history film festivals, Jackson Hole in the USA and Wildscreen in the UK. His most recent film On a River in Ireland is the most awarded wildlife film worldwide of the past two years. For PBS and Channel 4, John produced the 50th anniversary documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis and this landmark film was nominated for a Grierson, the UK's most prestigious documentary award.

Specializing in wildlife, science and history, John began his career in 1993 filming an expedition to Mount Everest and has since produced films from over 70 countries, the North & South Poles, through the Northwest & Northeast Passages, along the Silk Road, across Siberia and the Sahara amongst many other challenging locations. Projects included a series on the world's last nomads for National Geographic, a feature on India's last tigers for BBC and PBS, and a feature documentary on the lost Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic for a host of leading broadcasters. John graduated in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin and spent ten years with Irish television as a presenter and reporter on science, medical and environmental programmes before setting up his own production company Crossing the Line. He is co-author of Lonely Planet's first Ireland, Travel Survival Kit.

Clare Stronge – Producer

Clare Stronge is a Dublin-based specialist factual producer and director. She has produced and directed documentaries for channels such as BBC2, BBC4, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. She produced Solar Superstorm for Discovery's prestigious Curiosity strand in 2012, winning a Cine Gold Eagle for Science & Technology. In 2014, she produced and directed the feature-length documentary Spider House for BBC4, which uniquely saw a house filled with thousands of the most common spider species allowing scientists to understand, for the first time, spider behavior in the human home. Clare has also produced and directed on subjects as diverse as evolutionary canine biology, urban foxes, engineering geology, archaeology and human remains analysis and the comparative world of the reproductive egg.

Crossing the Line Productions

Crossing the Line is one of Ireland's leading documentary producers, making crafted films featuring powerful stories on subjects ranging from wildlife to science to history. In recent years, they have won best wildlife film in the world at the 'Oscars' of the genre – the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in 2011 and Best of Festival again at both Jackson Hole and Wildscreen Film Festivals in 2013. Nominated for three Emmy awards in 2015, two in 2012 and for a Grierson Award in 2014, they are also triple winners of best documentary series at the Irish Film & TV Awards. They currently have production contracts with leading broadcasters and funders including BAI, IFB, BBC, PBS, ZDF/Arte, ORF, SVT, SBS, RTÉ, TG4 & France TV. Crossing the Line constantly strives to explore new horizons, developing and producing ambitious documentaries for the domestic and international markets.

Film Credits

Written & Directed by

Emer Reynolds

Produced by

John Murray & Clare Stronge

Director of Photography

Kate Mc Cullough


Tony Cranstoun A.C.E.

Executive Producers

John Rubin
Keith Potter
Sean B Carroll
Dennis Liu


John Benjamin Hickey

Line Producer

Zlata Filipovic


Ray Harman


Clare Stronge

Archive Researcher / Assistant Editor

Aoife Carey

Production Designer

Joe Fallover

Sound Recordist

Kieran Horgan

Sound Designer

Steve Fanagan

CGI Visual Effects

Ian Benjamin Kenny

Visual Effects

Enda O'Connor

Production Manager – Crossing the Line

Siobhán Ward

Post Production Manager

Séamus Connolly

Camera Assistants

Joseph Ingersoll
James Marnell
Meg O'Kelly

Focus Puller

Paul Shanahan


Addo Gallagher
Mark Lawless
Robin Olsson


John Foster

Ronin Operator

Dan Coplan S.O.C.


Ciarán Fogarty

Props Buyer

Deborah Davis

Art Department Trainee

Sam Fallover

Art Department Transport

Brian Thompson

Imaging Support

Eolan Power

Production Assistants

Brian O' Leary Conor O' Donovan

Location Research

Andrea Lewis
Hannah Masterson

Production Accounts

Siobhán Murray

Additional Assistant Editing

Martin Fanning
Tom Pierce
Robert O'Connor


Gary Curran

Online Editor

Eugene McCrystal

Executive Producer BBC

Kate Townsend

Commissioning Editor ZDF/arte

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz


Managing Director

Anne Tarrant

Director of Operations

Lori Beane

Director of Production

Heather Forbes

Director of Communications

Anna Irwin

Art Director

Fabian de Kok-Mercado

Consulting Producers

David Elisco
Jared Lipworth

Senior Researcher

Laura Helft

Production Manager

Lorri Garcia-Cottrell

Post Production Supervisor

Arjun Rao

Executive Coordinator

Wilma Davis

Scientific Advisors

Reta Beebe
Arthur Lonne Lane

Scientific Graphics Advisors

Mark Nielsen
Satoshi Amagai

Executive in charge for PBS

Bill Gardner

With special thanks to the contributors for their kind participation

Fran Bagenal
Jim Bell
John Casani
Suzanne Dodd
Frank Drake
Timothy Ferris
Don Gurnett
Heidi Hammel
Candy Hansen-Koharcheck
Andrew Ingersoll
Charley Kohlhase
Lawrence Krauss
Stamatios 'Tom' Krimigis

Dave Linick
Frank Locatell
Jon Lomberg
Linda Morabito
Carolyn Porco
Nick Sagan
Larry Soderblom
Ed Stone
Brad Smith
Linda Spilker
Tom Spilker
Janet Sternberg
Rich Terrile

Special Thanks

Andrea Angrum
James F Blinn
Alfie Brown
Alison Butters
Patrick Byrnes
Fiona Carey
Jason Clark
Erik Conway
Julie Cooper
Ashling Coughlan
Jack Cowhig
Glenn Cunanan
Leslie Cunkelman
Karen Dethomas
Sarah Dillon
Monika Dovnar
Amahl Drake
Luke Drury
Frank Duffy
Sam Dwyer
Preston Dyches
Larry Esposito
Chuck Estrada
Maggie Fagan
Evan Fanning
Gerry Farrell
Maeve Farrell
Malik Filipović
Dave Finley
Michael Fleming
Lisa Fowler
Paddy Gibbons
Alan Gilsenan
Mitch Gordon
Steph Green
Jefferson C Hall
Rachel Hargreaves-Heald
Remigius Hohl
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Chris P Jones
Adans Y Ko
Stefan Kubicki

Emily Lakdawalla
Elizabeth Landau
Sue Linick
Litton Lane Audio
John Logsdon
Henrik Lőrincz
Roger C Ludwig
Daniel Madrigal
Martin Mahon
Marie Massey
Camille Mathieu
Sun Kang Matsumoto
Robbie Mcdonald
Enrique Medina
Elena Mejia
Michael Minovitch
David Moore
Nick Mueller
Norman Ness
Orla Ní Chonchubhair
Ronan O'reilly
Ostrich Farm Studio
Fernando Peralta
Mark Petrovich
Dermot Power
Christopher Riley
Joseph Roche
Sherri Rowe-Lopez
Saregama India Ltd
Mark Showalter
Jason Smith
Hilary O'Donnell-Sullivan
Cormac Tierney
Niall Treston
Bert Ulrich
Joe Walters
Waterways Ireland
William Webber
Thomas D. Weeks
Albert Whittlesey
Gary Zank

Peter Moran & The UCD School Of Music
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
School Of Physics, Trinity College Dublin

And to Ann Druyan, Golden Record Creative Director

And all who helped us in the making of this film


AP Archive, BBC Motion Gallery / Getty Images, The Conus Archive, Cornell University, CNN, Criticalpast, Efootage Llc, F.I.L.M. Archives, Footage Vault, Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions Inc, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Hearst Newspapers, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Creative, NASA / JPL-Caltech, NASA / Planetary Data System, NASA / John F Kennedy Space Center, NBCUniversal Archives, Original Space Audio Recordings Courtesy Of NASA and Donald Gurnett of the University Of Iowa, Pasadena Star-News, SETI Institute, PDS Ring-Moon Systems Node (Opus), Streamline Films Inc, Universal Television, WPA Film Library, Michael Benson, Richard Bullock, Amahl Drake, Frank Drake, David Duchnowski, Timothy Ferris, Björn Jónsson, Sue Linick, Jon Lomberg, Daniel Macháček, Tony Malone, Mark Payne-Gill, Charles M. Reynolds, Peter Sekula, Howard Simkover, Maureen Sullivan, William Vincent, Linda Wolf

Golden Record Images

The Ansel Adams Trust, Arecibo Observatory/A Facility of NSF, Dean Conger/National Geographic Creative, Stephen Dalton, Decca Records, Universal Music, Frank Drake, David Doubilet/National Geographic Creative, N R Farbman/Time Inc, Gordon Gahan/National Geographic Creative, Donna K Grosvenor, David Alan Harvey/Magnum Photos, David Alan Harvey/National Geographic Creative, J. Arthur Herrick, James Kendrick, H Edward Kim/National Geographic Creative, Hermann Landshoff/Münchner Stadtmuseum, Hugo Van Lawick/National Geographic Creative, Nina Leen/Time Inc, Jon Lomberg, Michael E Long , Wayne Miller/Magnum Photos, George F Mobley/National Geographic Creative, Yutaka Nagata/UN Photo, Thomas Nebbia/National Geographic Creative, Lennart Nilsson/TT, Editorial Olivo Sa, Jay Pasachoff, Francoise Rébuffat, Row, Peterson and Company/Milprint Inc, Ted Spiegel/National Geographic Creative, TopFoto, United Nations Dept. of Public Information, Dave Wickstrom

Music Tracks

"Alima Song"
From the Album Music of the Ituri Forest
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

J.S. Bach: "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047"
Performed by Orchestra Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
(P) 1968 Deutsche Grammophon GMBH, Hamburg

"Melancholy Blues"
Performed by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Written & Composed by Marty Bloom and Walter Melrose
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc
Published by Emi Music Publishing © 1927

"Liushui " by Guan Pinghu
From the Album China
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

"Wishing On A Star"
Performed by Rose Royce
Words and music by Billie Rae Calvin
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
© 1977 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
(BMI and May 12th Music (BMI)
All rights administered by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor,
Op. 67: I. Allegro Con Brio
Performed by Otto Klemperer,
The Philharmonia Orchestra
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd

From the Album Musiques Dahoméennes Ocr17
Courtesy of Ocora Radio France

"Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin"
Performed by Valya Balkanska
Kvz Music Ltd. / Balkanton / Valya Balkanska

"Recorder 4' Consort - The Fairie Round"
Performed by David Munrow,
The Early Music Consort Of London
Licensed Courtesy Of Warner Music Uk Ltd
By kind permission of Gillian Munrow

"Azerbaijan S.S.R. - Ugam"
From the slbum Folk Music of the U.S.S.R.
Courtesy Of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Mozart: "Die Zauberflöte – Der Hölle Rache
(Queen of Tthe Night's Aria)"
Edda Moser (Soprano)
Bayerisches Staatsorchester Conducted
by Wolfgang Sawallisch
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd

"Tsuru No Sugomori"
Performed by various artists/Explorer Series
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd

"Ketawang: Puspawarna"
Performed by various artists/Explorer Series. Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd

"Jaat Kahan Ho"
Under license from Saregama India Limited
Singer: Surshri Kesarbai Kerkar

"Karczmarze Pogranicze"
Performed by Karczmarze Band

Written and Performed By Gallagher & Lyle
(P) 1976 A&M Records Ltd.
Published by Imagem Music

"Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft"
Performed By The Carpenters
Words & music by John Woloschuk & Terry Draper
(P) 1977 A&M Records
©1976 Magentalane Music Limited / Southern Music Pub. Co. Canada Ltd

"Us And Them"
Performed by Pink Floyd
Written by Roger Waters and Richard Wright
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
Published by Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd,
Administered by Imagem UK Ltd. / Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd,
Administered by BMG Rights Management UK Ltd, A BMG Company.
© 1973 / Hampshire House Publishing Corp.
(ASCAP) c/o Tro Essex Music Group

J. S. Bach "3. Gavotte En Rondeau [Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, Bwv 1006]"
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin: Arthur Grumiaux
(P) 1964 Universal International Music B.V.

"Johnny B. Goode"
Written, composed and performed by Chuck Berry
(P) 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Published by Jewel Music Ltd

Performed by Pink Floyd
Written by Roger Waters
Published by Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd,
© 1973 / Hampshire House Publishing Corp.
(ASCAP) c/o Tro Essex Music Group

"Johnny B. Goode"
Written by Chuck Berry
Published by Isalee Music Company (BMI)
Performed and arranged by Will Van Boldrik

Developed with the assistance of Bord Scannán Na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board.
Developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme - Media of the European Union.
Produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish film industry provided by the government of Ireland.

In association with Bord Scannán Na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board
In co-production with ZDF in cooperation with ARTE, BBC and RTÉ
A Crossing the Line and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Production for PBS


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