Mikhail Red’s ‘Dead Kids,’ a Netflix film, premieres at Cinema One Originals film festival

“Dead Kids” director Mikhail Red (far left) with the film’s cast (from left to right) Kelvin Miranda, Markus Paterson, Gabby Padilla, Khalil Ramos, Sue Ramirez, Vance Larena and Jan Silverio. (Courtney Sayson/Netflix Photo)

NETFLIX’S “Dead Kids” made its Philippine premiere as the Closing Film at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival.

Acclaimed Pinoy director Mikhail Red and stars Sue Ramirez, Khalil Ramos, Markus Paterson, Vance Larena, Kelvin Miranda, Gabby Padilla, and Jan Silverio walked the red carpet and talked more about the film with the press.

The film’s synopsis: A socially awkward teen bonds with a group of misfits who plot to take out the school’s arrogant rich kid—until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly. Based on true events, “Dead Kids” is directed by award-winning director, Mikhail Red, who is known for his internationally acclaimed films “Birdshot” and “Eerie”—both of which are also streaming on Netflix.

Speaking about the film, director Mikhail said, “I have always wanted to make a film about the complexities of my generation. I wanted to expose the entitlement and insecurities of a generation growing up in a country of extreme social disparity but cleverly package it as pop entertainment. For me ‘Dead Kids’ is a story of young lives running wild yet cut short with their potentials unfulfilled. It is a crime story in the age of social media and a bleak vision of the Filipino youth’s psyche. It is 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 our future.”

“It is overwhelming to know that through Netflix, our film “Dead Kids” will reach 158 million subscribers in 190 countries. It has always been my dream to get my message across the global market, and offer Filipino cinema to the world. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and talent of Filipino film workers and the faith of Globe Studios in this project,” he added.

“Dead Kids” streams Dec. 1 on Netflix. (PR)


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