13 Reasons Why, a powerful teenage suicide film?
I still remember some scenes from Permanent Record and what affect they had on me when I first watched them, the idea of that film was quite a shock to me and there are moments there that I remember vividly, the group get together at the end especially. 13 Reasons Why is a new film that's going to cover a similar topic in a very interesting way, and hopefully one that's going to be hard hitting and get across some powerful messages.
The story comes from the book by Jay Asher of the same name (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). It follows the story of Hanna Baker, a shy high school student in California who has committed suicide. However it does it by following her legacy of thirteen audio tapes she recorded before she killed herself, thirteen tapes to thirteen people who played a role in her decision to kill herself.
You can already see the possibilities here for the film to get across some strong messages, from how you could have a chance to help someone and perhaps recognise some of the signs to how bullying of even the smallest kind can have a compound effect on someone. There could be moral messages galore in here, but it also has the potential to be a very powerful film.
Deadline are reporting that Selena Gomez is set to star in the film that will follow these thirteen tapes as they get given to the thirteen people, and presumably deliver what they say and what impact they have on them all on screen.
Part of me is concerned that the film might go a little light, after all it's a story of teenage suicide which was written for a teenage audience and will be adapted for teenage Hollywood going through the rules of the MPAA and the studios. I wonder if it can be as hard hitting and revealing of these thirteen stories as some people might need it to be?