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A terrified young woman must find a way to terminate her unwanted pregnancy; in a country where having an abortion can mean life in prison.

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ACROSS THE WATER is the true story of 19 year-old Vicky who discovers to her horror, that she is pregnant. Unable to secure the funds to get to England, she feels she has no choice but to purchase abortion tablets online – something that is illegal in Northern Ireland.  Ruby, her 36 year-old flatmate, having suffered a miscarriage, offers to bring the baby up herself.  For Sasha, the other flatmate, the decision is obvious: Ruby needs to be a mother. During the hot summer of 2016 in Belfast, the 3 women’s needs create a perfect storm – one that will change their lives forever.

The Team

Andrea Harkin (Director) 

Andrea is a filmmaker from Northern Ireland. She has just completed work on COME HOME (2018), a 3-part drama for BBC One and RED Productions starring Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcolmson. Last year, she directed the second block of BBC3’s hit drama-thriller CLIQUE. Her most recent short film THE PARTY was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Short and was also nominated for Best European Short at the European Film Awards in 2017.

Andrea studied Directing at the National Film & Television School. After graduating, she was selected for Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme, gaining her first broadcast credit with the single drama SAMMY’S WAR, and went on to direct several episodes of BBC Northern Ireland’s drama 6 DEGREES. She was selected for Northern Ireland Screen’s Emerging Auteurs scheme to support the development of her feature film THE RAIN DAYS, and she took part in the EIFF talent lab to further develop this project. She is currently working between developing feature projects and directing television drama.

Twitter: @harkin_andrea

You can watch Andrea’s showreel below:

Suzanne Cowie (Writer)

Suzanne is a writer from Northern Ireland. Having worked in TV for 20 years, she moved into drama in 2008, starting as a script editor on EASTENDERS – where she edited over 100 episodes. Since becoming a full time writer in 2015, she has written for HOLLYOAKSCASUALTYTHE DUMPING GROUND and has developed projects with Hat Trick. She has also story produced for TwoFour productions and EMMERDALE. Previously she worked in entertainment television as a presenter/reporter for BBC, ITV, Trouble TV, Living, Challenge and London News Network.  She has also been an associate producer for Endemol, SKY, Planet 24, Flextech and Twenty Twenty television.

Twitter: @crummymummywd