Social Suicide

Synopsis: 'Social Suicide' is an investigative thriller examining what it really takes to get noticed on the Internet today. Loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, the police investigate what happened to these two teenagers before it's too late by trolling through their relationship history through social media.
92 min

- Hello, I'm Millie and

today I'm going to show you

some gymnastics.

The first move is the splits.

(soft music)

And then, they complicate.

And statistics say that

I'll meet the one at 23,

so why bother for the next seven years?

I don't want to be broken

up with and I don't want

to have to tell some guy

I don't like him anymore.

It will all end in trouble.

Number four, they're messy.

That's it.

(soft music)

And then I do the same

with the other side.

But you want it to look really neat.

'Cause if it looks neat,

then it looks really pretty!


I know I said I didn't want a boyfriend,


I met him, tonight.

- My name's Daisy and I can't

wait to pour these baked

beans all over my skin.

(soft music)


- Yeah, yeah!

(soft music)

(phone ringing)

- Bal?

- [Voiceover] Reese, it's...

it's Julia, she's um...

- She's what?

- [Voiceover] She looks like she's dead.

I've just seen her taken out of her house,

there's an ambulance and everything.

- What happened?

- I don't know, I'm not sure.

- [Voiceover] You're not sure?

(siren wailing)

How can you not be sure?


- Just stay hidden.

After last night the police

will be looking for you.

- Bal, is she okay?

- Okay look, I'll find out

what's happened and where she is.

I'll meet you at 10 under the bridge.

Just don't do anything stupid.

Hello? Reese?

- 10, if you're not there...

- [Voiceover] I'll be there.

- Don't be late.

- [Voiceover] Ditch your phone.

- So, Ty Chapman and Marc

Mercer, both confirmed dead

from severe head injuries.

Estimated time, midnight.

Balthazar Williams, Reese

Mattson, these two persons of

interest are currently missing.

(phone vibrating)

Reese is our main suspect.

Lead officer O'Rourke

will brief you further.

Now, there's a lot of attention on this.

They're not gang members,

parents will be worried that

it could happen to them, okay?

Tread lightly, thank you.

- [Voiceover] Okay, we've got

eyes on both of their houses.

The search warrants

are about to be issued.

Any questions from anyone at this stage?

(banging on door)

- Yes?

- Balthazar Williams.

I'm detective O'Rourke.

I'm arresting you for aiding

and abetting the murders

of Mark Mercer and Ty Chapman.

Do you understand?

- Yes.

- I've also got a warrant

here to search your premises

and seize any items

relevant to these crimes.

Including telephones, computers,

and electronic equipment.

- Hey, be careful with that!


I need to feed the cat.

Monty will starve.

- Close that account today, okay?

You've made yourself look like...

Yeah, well you've humiliated me too.

No, I don't trust you anymore how ca...

Search record.

Did you get it all?

- Yeah.

- Okay.

Listen, I want Hughie in the room with us,

get a copy, get him to hook

it up to the screen, yeah?

- Is that her? No wonder she's rabid.

- She's got Dalton's arse.

- Hey!

Back to work.

- [Voiceover] The next thing

I'm going to show you...

- Family is off limits!

- Shoes.

Any health issues?

(indistinct intercom chatter)

- Balthazar.

My name's Laurence Emerson.

I'm your appropriate adult.

It's my job to make sure

that you know your rights

and to explain anything to

you that you don't understand.

- Do you need to take five minutes?

- No.

That's not what she posted.

That was some twisted little...

She's just a girl.

(door slams)

(soft music)

- It is relevant.

- I've caught that one before.

- What haven't you seen?

- I get my kicks out of

watching people inflict pain

on themselves, yeah, sue me.

Let's keep our eyes open.

I want to find out the way

that he stages his reality.

- Balthazar's posted thousands.

- Just prioritize his digital

footprints for the past 24 hours.

Mate, can we get some tea please?

That normal stuff, yeah?

None of that green kumbaya sh*t.

- This clone is nearly finished.

- Hey.

- Take a seat.

Operating the computer is

Mr. Hughes and you've already

met your appropriate adult, Mr. Emerson.

- and trained psychologist.

(chewing loudly)

Balthazar, I know this

is a bit scary, but,

Detective Dalton is merely

concerned with the truth.

You okay?

You want something to eat?

Did he have breakfast?

- He's 17, not seven!

- How long will this take?

- You've heard the news.

They're dead.


- What's this got to do with me?

- Marc was your friend?

You don't seem too upset.

- Of course I'm upset.

- You're very good at

hiding your emotions.

Where's Reese?

- I don't know anything.

- Guilty lying boys

are a very easy target.

You need to decide how

helpful you're going to be.

Mr. Hughes, now watch.

This CCTV is from the

multi-storey car park in Peckham. STOREY

It shows Marc being beaten

up and crawling away.

He was found with a broken neck, dead,

on the other side of the wall.

We found Ty outside the car park.

He fell, or was pushed,

three stories to his death.

Turns out woolly hats aren't

as good as crash helmets

in a high impact situation.

But you already knew that, didn't you?

You say you don't know anything,

but I know some things.

The lad being beaten

up, Marc Mercer, dead.

The boy with the woolly

hat, Ty Chapman, also dead.

The boy with the dark hair

who helped chase them away?

Reese Mattson, missing.

And the boy who video

taped it all was you.

I want that camera footage.

- Balthazar, do you

understand what she's saying?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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