‘The only way out is together’
Songbird is a 2020 American science-fiction drama set four years into the effects of COVID-23 and those infected are in quarantine camps. An immune courier falls for a young woman on lockdown, whom he can only communicate with through her door.
Directed by Adam Mason from a screenplay co-written by Simon Boyes and Adam Mason, the movie stars KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, with Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore. Michael Bay was a co-producer.
COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression.
Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (KJ Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Sofia Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment… or worse.
A wealthy couple (Bradley Whitford and Demi Moore) may hold the key to Nico’s mission; Alexandra Daddario plays a singer enmeshed in a messy and forbidden affair; Paul Walter Hauser plays a disabled veteran whose best friend – a drone named Max – is his eyes and ears to a world that has left him behind; Craig Robinson as Nico’s boss; and Peter Stormare as the corrupt head of the city’s “sanitation” department, which seizes those infected and transports them to the Q-Zone.
Songbird was the first feature film to be made in Los Angeles during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA initially issued a “do not work” against Songbird, telling members to refuse any work on the film but rescinded this a day later.
The release of the trailer has sparked some negative comments on social media with calls for a boycott of the movie as it plays upon people’s current real fears in an exploitative way.
A release date has yet to be announced.
Los Angeles, California
Catchlight Films (as Catchlight Studios)