Bordertown blues


The third and final season of the smash-hit Nordic noir series Bordertown is now ready and will premiere on Finnish television in December.

UPM’ s very own Kaukas mill provides a haunting backdrop for many key scenes in the chilling crime drama.

The story of Bordertown (Sorjonen) began in 2010, when director and screenwriter Miikko Oikkonen pitched the idea to the Finnish Broadcasting Company. After six years of preparation, shooting, and meticulous editing, the first episode premiered in October 2016.

Lauri Talikka, a terminal manager at the UPM Kaukas mill, was cast as an extra in the first season playing a political aide to MP Minttu Vesterinen (actress Marjaana Maijala).

“I had previously worked in theatre, so as soon as I heard that they needed extras, I sent in my application. It was a great experience! Best of all, I got to see how movies are made. A huge amount of time and effort went into shooting just a few seconds. I was surprised to see how many retakes were needed,” he recalls.