It’s a cruel, cruel summer, leaving him here on his own. Wild Eye Releasing presents Cruel Summer, an upcoming drama thriller based on a real-life crime.
Danny, an autistic teenager, is bullied and tormented by a group of thugs after he ventures into the woods alone for a camping trip. Their rage against him is based on lies spread by a local girl, who claims Danny committed a crime against her that he had nothing to do with.
The story is especially timely in an age where misinformation and rumors can easily be spread as fact. These stories can lead to enraged attempts at “Mob Justice” which is rarely actual justice and usually ends in tragedy. It’s easy to get caught up in the “Outrage Culture” and make decisions based purely on emotion, but Cruel Summer blatantly depicts where that mentality can lead.
Cruel Summer was written and directed by Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, and stars Danny Miller, Reece Douglas, and Natalie Martins. It’ll be out next Tuesday on VOD platforms.