Crossing
Super 8mm/ silent/ colour/ 2005/ 5.51 mins

Commissioned by Cork County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland, this short
documentary film was shot entirely on super 8mm film. It explores the Dursey
Cable Car - the only cable car in Ireland. Shot both on land and in transit from
the cable car the film explore the links between place, identity and changing Ireland.
The cable car is a piece of very basic technology that serves the community of the
Island by ferrying people, livestock and goods several times a day 345 days of the
year and seems to represent another time and place away from the rapid consumerism
and modern technology associated with the Celtic Tiger. The voice over of Paddy
Sheehan - the local cable car operator and a contemporary soundtrack aims to
embody the sense of community and their strong sense of place and identity that
the cable car in many ways is a metaphor of - suspended and swaying precariously
back and forth over the short but treacherous three kilometres Dursey Straights below.