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Something young but dark is coming as award-winning cult director Mikhail Red has announced that his on the process of creating his newest masterpiece — “Dead Kids.” 

Inspired by the true story of high school students who kidnapped their fellow students, “Dead Kids” is a youth thriller film that documents the frustrations and complexities of “Generation Z.” According to Red, this project is an “achievement unlocked” for him as a filmmaker.

“I wanted to expose the entitlement and insecurities of a generation growing up in a country of extreme social disparity,” the 27-year-old director said during the recently held story conference of the said film.

When asked how does “Dead Kids” differ from other “barkada” movies Filipinos get tired of, the Birdshot director said that he’s confident that what they are about to offer is something that has never been seen in the Philippine cinema.

“A lot of teen or barkada movies parang nasa bubble yung mundo nila. Parang hindi nage-exist yung totoong Pilipinas outside that movie. Dito, we make sure na iyon yung source of conflict. When these privilege characters have this notion or ideas of what life is like and they clash with the real world and with the real consequences of their actions. Iyon yung magcre-create ng tension,” Red explained.

The visionary director also said that even though this film is a suspense thriller, they packaged it with doses of comedy, sexiness, heart-pounding actions, and trending topics.  “It’s a hip teen film. You gonna have fun in the first half…and then later on, magbu-build up iyon. I think, dapat ganun ang films, may layers siya.”

Starring “Dead Kids” are some of the most talented actors of this generation: Khalil Ramos, Sue Ramirez, Markus Paterson, Kelvin Miranda, Gabby Padilla, Vance Larena, and Jan Silverio. The screenplay is written by the director’s brother, Nikolas Red.

“For me, Dead Kids is a story of lives running wild, yet cut short with their potentials unfulfilled. It’s a crime story in the age of social media and a bleak vision of the Filipino youth’s psyche; a commentary on the youth’s views on masculinity, morality, and vigilante justice paralleled with today’s political climate. It is both a coming-of-age story and a cautionary tale for the builders of the future,” Red ended.

Red is the director of Birdshot, winner of Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. This is also the first Filipino film made available in Netflix worldwide.


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