Theodore Boborol, the director of the upcoming Star Magic Studios movie Connected, explained on Thursday, July 21 that the film, aside from being a romantic flick, also tackles deeper issues among the youth.
Apparently, during their interviews with the cast members, Pinoy Big Brother: Connect alumna Andi Abaya, Kobie Brown, Gail Banawis, Ralph Malibunas, Amanda Zamora, Chico Alicaya, and Richard Juan–they discovered that there are pressing matters that are needed to be addressed. Moreso, Connected will be relatable not only to the local consumers but globally as well.
“Suicide awareness, mental health, being woke in this time and age, activisim, the spectrum of our gender, lahat ng ito ay nasa pelikula namin,” he said during an exclusive interview with LionhearTV.
But advocating such issues, Boborol stressed that, “Hindi kami didactic o preachy.”
The filmmaker still considered Connected as a love story.
“Hindi siya mabigat kasi love story ang ginawa naming jacket. Love stories ito, love stories pa rin, kilig love stories pa rin. Pero if you try to like analyze it, may mga themes pala kaming tinackle na hindi namin binig-deal. Pero it is such a theme or an issue that needs to be seen, na ito ang pinagdadaanan ng mga bagets ngayon,” Boborol explained.
The usual heavy and dramatic scenes when tackling social issues were omitted in the movie. Boborol’s approach is subtle.
“Kailangang in a way, ito siya, o ayan tanggapin niyo. Hindi siya parang in your face. Subtle lang siya pero kapag pinanuod mo na, at natapos mo na, kinilig ka na at natuwa ka na, parang ma-realize mo na—ayokong mag-spoil pero ang progressive no? Ganoon nila tinackle.”
Also, the movie can be seen as a normal romantic movie that brings nostalgia to its viewers.
“Of course, kung ayaw mo namang mga issues at gusto mo lang ma-in love, feeling ko it will bring you nostalgia talaga. Like noong panahon na ikaw rin ay na-in love at nakikipag face-to-face talaga.”
Connected will have its premiere on July 22 and can be accessed via KTX.PH, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV Video on Demand, and Sky Cable Pay-Per-View.