New Zealand is regarded is a beautiful, tranquil island of the South Pacific where many people have built their own personal paradise, but it also harbors a dark side with it’s fearsome gang culture and now celebrated director Sam Kelly (Lambs) takes audiences inside this culture with his hard-hitting new crime drama Savage.
Watch the intense new trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
Inspired by stories from New Zealand’s boys’ homes and the early history of our gangs, Savage follows Danny (Jake Ryan) across three decades of his life, taking a deeper look at a boy who grows into the brutal enforcer of a gang, to understand how he got there.
In development for eight years, Savage was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Sam Kelly (Lambs). Kelly comments on the film: “Savage shines a light on the reality that gangs form not in isolation from society, but as a direct result of it. There were many dominos that created our gang culture in the 60s, and Savage lets us walk in the shoes of one individual to help us understand the forces that continue to push and pull young men into this world.”
Savage features a great line-up of talent including Australian actor Jake Ryan (Underbelly, Wolf Creek), rising Kiwi heavyhitter John Tui (Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, The Legend of Baron To’a) and newcomer Chelsie Preston Crayford (The Luminaries, The Bad Seed).
On the production of the film, producer Vicky Pope said, “More than ever, New Zealand’s artists and storytellers have a role to play in our culture; helping create empathy, community and connection with each other. This film is very timely with its connection to the current Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Savage reflects a part of our social history that many people may not be aware of, and a group of men whose experiences they may not understand.”
The trailer promises a cinema experience that will hit audiences very hard, and it sure looks like an intense experience, which is given even more dramatic depth thanks to the performances of Jake Ryan and John Tui.
Of his experience shooting Savage, Ryan described it as “filming Savage was a confronting and amazing experience that will stay with me forever. We all went very deep for the film, pouring our hearts and souls into it, and respecting the people and story we were telling. I feel honoured to be a part of this incredible film. I hope it triggers conversations and brings the importance of love, acceptance, belonging and connection to people in these unsettling times.”
Savage is sure to offer audiences an intense and dramatic cinema experience and will arrive in cinemas on August 27.