Vancouver-based Sepia Films and LA-based Just Singer Entertainment have announced the start of production on PERFECT HIGH, a Lifetime movie set in the disturbing world of teenage heroin use.
Inspired by the shocking rise in heroin addiction among suburban teenagers, PERFECT HIGH stars Bella Thorne (Blended; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day; Shake it Up) as Amanda, a star high school dancer who starts using prescription painkillers after being sidelined by a knee injury. Feeling neglected and isolated, Amanda is adopted by an ultra cool group of friends, including Carson (Israel Broussard, The Bling Ring), Riley (Daniela Bobadilla, Anger Management) and Nate (Ross Butler, Teen Beach Movie). She quickly becomes part of their inner circle, which means sharing her pills, having regular “pharm” parties, and falling in love for the first time. As their drug use inevitably spirals into addiction, Amanda and her friends resort to lying, stealing and worse to fund their habit. Their lives are forever altered when a classmate begins selling them heroin disguised as a cheaper painkiller from Mexico.
Directed by Vanessa Parise (Jack and Jill vs. the World; Kiss the Bride) and written by Anne-Marie Hess, PERFECT HIGH is being produced by Sepia Films’ Tina Pehme and Kim C. Roberts (The Games Maker, which just premiered at Sundance; In their Skin; A Shine of Rainbows) in collaboration with executive producer Sheri Singer of Just Singer Entertainment (Disney’s upcoming Invisible Sister, Girl vs. Monster; Halloweentown Franchise).
Production on PERFECT HIGH is scheduled to run February 1 – 22, 2015 in Victoria, BC, with Lifetime premiering this summer in the US and Super Channel/Shaw taking Canada. A&E is selling foreign territories.
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