Teen Film Culture Welcomes Fresh New Faces To The Big Screen With ‘Status Update’

As if high school wasn’t torturous enough for some teens, they’re now subjected to the cruelty of believing everyone’s life around them is better than theirs. And it’s all there on display in perfectly filtered pictures. But while social media makes everyone’s lives seems flawless, in truth, without the filters, none are…

STATUS UPDATE follows the usual teen film culture but the film spices up the stereotypical with comedy, fantasy, and a moral lesson.  With a combination of talented fresh faces like Ross Lynch and Olivia Holt, the movie is a commentary on the current situation on social media.  The film opens up at 33 cinemas around South African on 30 November, 2018.

Directed by Scott Speer and written by Jason Filardi, STATUS UPDATE offers a glimpse of what life would be like if your dreams came true every time you updated your status.  The film also sees Gregg Sulkin and Courtney Eaton join the cast with a handful of proven actors such as Rob Riggle, Wendi McLendon-Covery and John Michael Higgins, which makes for an exciting and hilarious ensemble.

The movie features former Disney Channel star, Ross Lynch, as the quintessential California kid Kyle, who is uprooted when his parents split, and his mom takes him and his younger sister cross-country to Connecticut.  At Kyle’s new school, he meets the usual suspects – Lonnie, the nerd who becomes Kyle’s best friend; Dani, the girl of Kyle’s dreams; and Derek, the jock and Kyle’s nemesis.  As expected, Kyle is a total fish out of water and his first day consists of one humiliating incident after another, resulting in his cell phone being smashed by bullies, led by Derek. But everything changes when he goes to the mall to get his broken phone fixed.  There he meets a strange, seemingly insightful cell phone salesman, who introduces him to YOUniverse, a mysterious app that effectively turns his phone into a 21st century Aladdin’s lamp.

Kyle soon discovers that with just one sentence, he can get whatever he asks for – whether it’s a visit from his father, the voice to win a part in the school talent show, or the talent to threaten the hockey captain’s dominance on the ice.  But with great power comes great temptation, and Kyle begins to want more and more. In a matter of weeks, the new kid turns into the school’s most popular all-rounder – he becomes the person every guy wants to be, and every girl wants to date.

As in life – and every other wish fulfilment film – when something seems too good to be true, it often is. Kyle finds himself the victim of his own desire for acceptance and social media fame. Can he set things straight and make amends with those he hurt?

“The goal was to create a story that was relevant today but had the fun and heartfelt feeling of a John Hughes comedy, a magical, modern day fairy tale not unlike Big or 17 Again, and then bring that story to the big screen. I think the team behind STATUS UPDATE accomplished that and more,” says Filardi.

STATUS UPDATE is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd and will be shown in the following cinemas around the country:

  • Epic Mall@Reds, Pretoria
  • Epic Northridge, Bloemfontein
  • Epic Sun City, Pilansberg
  • Killarney Cine, Rosebank
  • Midlands Cine, Pietermaritzburg
  • Movies@Monte, Fourways
  • NC Game City, Gaborone
  • Suncoast Cine, Durban
  • NM Canal Walk, Cape Town
  • NM Galleria, Durban
  • NM Menlyn Park, Pretoria
  • NM V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • NM Westgate, Roodepoort
  • Ster-Kinekor Bay West, Port Elizabeth
  • Ster-Kinekor Blue Route, Cape Town
  • Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Cresta, Northcliff
  • Ster-Kinekor Forest Hill, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Gateway, Umhlanga
  • Ster-Kinekor Greenstone Mall, Greenstone
  • Ster-Kinekor Irene Mall, Preotira
  • Ster-Kinekor Kolonnade, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Mall at Carnival, Benoni
  • Ster-Kinekor Maponya Mall, Soweto
  • Ster-Kinekor Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp
  • Ster-Kinekor Riversquare, Vereeniging
  • Ster-Kinekor The Zone, Rosebank
  • Ster-Kinekor Sandton City, Sandton
  • Ster-Kinekor Secunda Mall, Secunda
  • Ster-Kinekor Somerset Mall, Cape Town
  • Ster-Kinekor Southgate, Johannesburg
  • Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley, Cape Town

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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