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Scene Creek questioned Michael, Paula Brancati, and Morgan Taylor Campbell about the movie Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. Read Michael’s responses below:

Scene Creek: Where did you shoot the film?

Michael Seater: We shot at Etobicoke School of the Arts, which was the high school, where I went to high school, so it was pretty amazing. I never thought we would shoot there, and I wrote, like, the library scene, for instance. In the back of my head, the geography of how I wrote it was the library I went to high school in, all of a sudden, we’re filming there and I don’t have to change anything! It’s perfect. The club is one of my favourite bars in Toronto called Cold Tea, a small little place in Kensington Market. We brought in lots of Chinese lanterns, we tried to make it an extra funky place, even more than it is.

SC: How do you feel now that the world may, in fact, be coming to an end?

MS: I wanted to get to a place where the end of the world didn’t matter. What Sadie is trying to figure out is herself and finding acceptance within herself.

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On December 7th, Michael and Paula Brancati appeared on the radio show “Ward and Al” to talk about their movie Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. Listen to the full interview below!


Michael was on CBC Radio Q on December 8th to talk about his movie, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. Listen to his segment below! spoke with Michael, Paula Brancati and Morgan Taylor Campbell in this interview about Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. Below are the parts directly related to the movie and Michael.

In Sadie’s Last Days On Earth, main character Sadie Mitchell suffers from severe anxiety. It causes her to think that the world is ending. Micheal Seater (writer and director) was struck by the idea of writing this coming-of-age story when he realized how the issue of anxiety was being raised more often.

“I had spent a little bit of time thinking about modern-day anxiety and talking with older generations, and I thought it would be a really interesting way to do a classic coming-of-age high school film, but about anxiety today. I just didn’t know how to tackle it,” Micheal said. “Then, I was hanging out with Paula Brancati, who I produced the film with, and Lauren Collins, who was on Degrassi, when Lauren said, ‘what about a teenage girl that is afraid of the apocalypse.’ In that moment, it all just clicked for me. It made sense to me because everything in high school feels like the end of the world. The actual world ending is the heightened anxiety.”

It was important to Michael that his characters showed their anxieties and fears as realistically as possible, so during the writing process, researchers were assembled to help create different levels of anxiety and insecurities that the characters in the movie would portray. “We had a really smart team across the board making sure that we brought the script to life with care. I would say this is a realistic portrayal of what any teenager in high school may be going through. In Sadie’s case, it is heightened and it’s quite crippling,” said Paula, who also plays Sadie’s teacher Connie. “It’s meant to be an honest depiction of her trying to figure it out, her wanting to feel free and not bound by the limitations of her anxiety.”

For Micheal, he met with friends who deal with their own anxiety and asked for their advice on making Sadie’s, and the rest of the characters’ feelings, seem genuine. “I would send them specific scenes and descriptions of feelings. I went to people who had real experience and asked if it made sense. Sometimes they would help me make it more real and other times they would say that it was exactly how it feels. That feeling of your heart getting all tense, your stomach getting in knots, and not being able to function so well, which was a huge help in giving the character a reality,” said Michael.

Morgan Campbell, who plays Sadie in the movie, did her own personal research and used her experience with anxiety to bring the character to life. “I’m big on research, and anxiety is something that I deal with myself. I feel that especially in the age, the modern world we live in, it effects what seems to be most people,” said Morgan. “It is really important for me to tell the truth and to tell this story accurately, especially because it is geared towards a younger audience. I think it is important to bring attention to this circumstance for younger people who are probably experiencing a lot of the same feelings Sadie goes through.”

Though Sadie may be the lead character, she isn’t the only one dealing with these feelings. Characters like Jack and Brennan, played by Munro Chambers and Clark Bako, show a less severe form of anxiety, but it still takes control of their everyday lives. Micheal said, “I wanted these other tidbits throughout the film where it was like, well I experience that everyday. That’s my anxiety, which is Bren’s need to fit in and be accepted or Jack and the crushing pressure from home that we don’t explore much, but you get a sense in the background that it’s a big part of his life, and Connie’s relationship is falling a part. So it’s trying to give all those little pieces that an audience can relate to.”

As the writer, Michael is closest to this movie and all that it could mean to its viewers, and says, “I would like the audience to take away from this film, more than anything, a sense of belonging in their own world. I would like them be able to look out in their own life and feel like they belong. That they have a place in their own world.”

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Michael talked to MTV about his recent film, Sadie’s Last Days On Earth. It was also revealed that Sadie’s will be in Canadian and American theaters on December 9th, 2016.

Read more below:

When you’re a teenager, any little thing can feel like the end of the world. But in Sadie’s Last Days on Earth, a high school girl prepares for the apocalypse — literally. Michael Seater, best known for playing Derek Venturi on Life with Derek, wrote and directed the new film that tackles teenage angst and the struggles of growing up.

Sadie’s Last Days on Earth follows Sadie Mitchel (Morgan Taylor Campbell) as she vows to complete her to-do list before the apocalypse draws near — except she’s the only one who believes it’s coming. “For a while I had been mulling over modern teenage anxiety as the theme for a film, but I didn’t know exactly how to tackle it,” Seater told MTV News about the film.

“And then one day,” Seater continued, “I was hanging out with Lauren Collins [from Degrassi: The Next Generation] and Paula Brancati [Seater’s film partner who plays Connie in Sadie’s] and Lauren looked at me and said, ‘I have an idea for a film: a teenage girl who’s terrified of the apocalypse,’ and boom! It all fell into place. It was the perfect metaphor for all the stresses and pressures of life in high school.”

Seater also revealed John Ralston, who played dad George on Life with Derek, has “a very odd and hilarious cameo” in the film. Between directing Ralston, his TV stepsister Ashley Leggat in People Hold On, and his TV stepmom Joy Tanner in Sly Cad, Seater is slowly making his way to directing the entire Venturi-MacDonald household.

In another article by MTV, Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat talked about Life with Derek fans shipping Dasey (Derek & Casey), and how they feel about it themselves!

“People can’t get enough of Dasey,” Ashley Leggat said during a phone interview with her co-star Michael Seater and MTV News. The semi-controversial, non-canon ship is still currently discussed on social media and the actors became aware of it early on. Seater explained how they thought it was hilarious and didn’t see anything wrong with it.

And even though Life with Derek, Again (the LWD sequel series) didn’t get picked up, Michael disclosed a small detail about the Pilot:

While the spin-off series, Life with Derek, Again, never came to fruition, there was a script. “I can tell you the pilot started with Casey and Derek in bed together … [but] I’m not gonna tell you the context of it,” Seater teased.

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Michael Seater, Chloe Rose, and Noah Reid had a segment on eTalk that aired on June 7th, where they talked about the release of their movie People Hold On. Below you can watch the segment, watch the videos from eTalk’s Snapchat, and view the pictures that were posted on the eTalk’s Snapchat.



Appearances > 2016 > June 7: eTalk (2)

Michael Seater and David Reale were on eTalk on April 20th to talk about their web series, The Brief. Also, today is the last day to vote for The Brief for the Webby Awards, so if you haven’t already, VOTE HERE!

Below is the eTalk segment and pictures:


Appearances > 2016 > April 20: eTalk (3)

On October 9th, Etalk did a brief segment on People Hold On. Michael Seater talked about his first directorial featured film, while Etalk spoke with Paula Brancati (writer, producer, actor) and Ashley Leggat (actor) about the film. They also showed a brief behind-the-scenes look at the post-production.

Watch it below:

Appearances > 2015 > Screencaps > October 9: Etalk (29)

People Hold On is out today in Canada! If you live in Canada, go watch it and support Michael and the amazing cast!

Also, EyeOnCanada’s YouTube page just released an interview that they did with Michael and Paula at the William F. White Party at TIFF last month. They speak of their debut feature People Hold On!