Filipino filmmaker Mikhail Red (Arisaka) is set to start shooting a new film called Deleter that is part techno-horror, part psychological thriller.
According to Variety, “the story involves an online content moderator who deletes a suicide video made by her co-worker. But the otherwise desensitised woman cannot escape from either her own troubled past or from a mysterious vengeful presence.”
This story is especially relevant to the Philippines, which many tech companies turn to for online content moderation services due to the country’s abundance of low-cost labour with strong English-language fluency. As Red explained to Variety, “Moderators work in clandestine or shadowy operations and are often exposed to the filth of society, watching countless videos and images with disturbing and graphic content, which can lead to lasting trauma, as well as psychological and emotional distress all for a low wage. Most of them do not have proper access to proper work benefits, mental health support and counselling. This genre film attempts to unlock the dark secrets and consequences of their world, especially in a world where the truth is filtered and distortion is prevalent.”
Red co-wrote Deleter with his younger brother Nicolas Red. Actor, singer, and influencer Nadine Lustre will star in the film alongside Louise delos Reyes and Mccoy Deleon.
Location shooting for Deleter is slated to begin in August. The intention is to complete the film by the end of the year.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)