Inspired by stories from New Zealand’s boys homes and the early history of our gangs, Savage follows Danny across 3 different ages at important junctures that push and pull him towards and away from gang life. Each chapter of Danny’s life is a complete short story set in a defining time for NZ gangs: from the abusive state-run boy’s homes of the sixties; to the emerging urban gang scene in the seventies where disenfranchised teenagers created their own families on the streets; to the eighties when gangs became more structured, criminal, and violent.
Together the three chapters combine to create a deeper look at a boy who grows up to become the brutal enforcer of a gang; to understand how he got there. Savage is about Danny’s search for belonging and connection, and explores the notion of family.
Starring Jake Ryan.
Rating: R16 (Violence, cruelty, offensive language & sexual references)
Duration: 99 minutes