Savage

New Zealand drama charts the evolution of a gang member across three decades - from the brutal state-run boys' homes of the 1960s to the establishment of urban gangs in the '70s and the more structured and violent gang culture of the '80s.

In late 80s Aotearoa, a heavily tattooed, rough-as-guts gang member known as Damage (Jake Ryan, Wolf Creek) is sergeant-at-arms of the Savages, trying to keep the fracturing gang in line. As a challenge to the gang’s divisive leader Moses (John Tui) brews, Savage traces Damage’s past from his rural childhood as Danny. Sent to one of New Zealand's notorious boys' homes in the 1960s and finding family in the formation of a gang of the 1970s, the development of a brutal enforcer is told across three ages.


Director: Sam Kelly (feature debut)


Writer: Sam Kelly
Cast: Jake Ryan, John Tui, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Olly Presling, Erroll Shand, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Seth Flynn, Cameron Brown

2019, Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty, offensive language & sexual references

99 mins, New Zealand
Crime, Drama