Across the Border

Across the Border is a social drama that explores the relationship between two sisters, Lisa and Laura Murdoch through the themes of grief, betrayal, and immigration. Laura Murdoch who lost her police constable son at the hands of migrants, or so Lisa was told, has become miserable, somber, and hateful towards them. Even though Laura is there to support her sister Lisa through grief, she still helps the refugees and their needs. And that conflict between the two is the centre of the story. Laura is the reminder that hate is not the solution to grief.

  • Klaudia Dóra Csikós
  • Klaudia Dóra Csikós
  • Moya Barnett
  • Tonia Strachan
    Key Cast
    "Lisa Murdoch"
  • Jo Fergie
    Key Cast
    "Laura Murdoch"
  • Lorna Calder
    Key Cast
    "Olivia McKay"
  • Morgan Haggerty
    Key Cast
    "Tom Clarkson"
  • Sumaira Din
    Key Cast
  • Aaron de Verés
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    650 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7iii, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Edinburgh Napier University
Director Biography - Klaudia Dóra Csikós

I am a Hungarian TV graduate based in Edinburgh, UK. My passion for film, and music video drives me to become a director and editor in film, TV, and music videos.
At university, I have gained a broader understanding of the Creatives Industries, and valuable practical experience in the whole production. I have taken part in student projects which have given me the opportunity to perform as a director, screen writer, producer, 1st AD, camera and sound operator, runner and editor.
From story development and cinematography to applying visual effects, I find every element of making moving images exciting. Real emotional impact is what I would like to offer the world as a director and as an editor.

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Director Statement

The purpose of Across the Border is to open up the conversation about the topic of immigration, to show that everyone can have their own reason and perspective on subjects but it also encourages them to think further, to research and to gain an understanding...but most of all to stay human.