Michael Seater tackles teenage anxiety in his new film
Michael Seater's latest film is a modern day coming of age story that follows sixteen year old Sadie as she prepares for the apocalypse. Her friends and family become fed up with her antics, while her obsession with the end of the world spirals out of control. Sadie even goes as far to turn her room into an impenetrable bunker.
"When I was in high school a lot of my friends suffered from anxiety," says Seater. His new film, Sadie's Last Days on Earth, explores themes of teenage anxiety. "The idea of a girl who is afraid of the apocalypse seemed like the heightened version of that. It was a great metaphor for those crushing stresses of everyday," explains Seater on manifesting Sadie's anxiety through this extreme scenario. Seater wanted to create a film that addressed the idea of anxiety, as it has become heavily tied to the Millennial generation. He questioned whether there is more anxiety today or if it simply went undiagnosed in the past.
Seater originally wrote the script for this film five years ago, but with the speed at which technology changes, he had to do a rewrite. "Facebook is not even that interesting anymore, now you have to mention Instagram and Snapchat," in order to make the film feel rich and authentic. But Seater says, "I think that there are commonalities in adolescence and growing that always exist." Everyone is still trying find acceptance and figure out who they are.
WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Sadie's Last Days On Earth below.