Savage interviews with Sam Kelly, Jake Ryan & John Tui


At A Glance

Inspired by true stories Savage is a hauntingly authentic film following the life of conflicted Dan aka 'Damage', sergeant in a New Zealand street gang.

Film Details

Directed by Sam Kelly

Written by Sam Kelly

Released by Vertigo Releasing

2020, 100 minutes,

In UK & Ireland Cinemas  11th September

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Jake Ryan as Dan / Damage
John Tui as Moses
Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson as Teen Moses
James Matamua as Teen Danny
Jack William Parker as Teen Liam
Olly Presling  as Young Danny
Lotima Pome'e as Young Moses
Seth Flynn as Liam
Chelsie Preston Crayford as Flo

Writer / Director Sam Kelly Interview

Almost a decade ago Sam Kelly began researching New Zealand's street gangs. His observations and hard work paid off pooling all he's learned into his feature debut Savage. Kelly delivers an emotive fictional account charting the life of gang member Damage and the complex relationships surrounding him.

It's a film that stays with you, so when the opportunity came to interview the writer / director Claire Bueno snapped at the chance to talk about his accomplishment.

“The interior life for me was critical." - Sam Kelly

Jake Ryan & John Tui Interview

SAVAGE 1989 Damage played by Jake Ryan (c) Domino Films photo credit Matt Grace
SAVAGE 1972 Danny and Moses bond (c) Domino Films photo credit Chris Moss
SAVAGE 1989 Moses played by John Tui(c) Domino Films photo credit Chris Moss

This was a tough shoot for actors Jake Ryan and John Tui but it was worth it. Their hard work and tenacity paid off as they authentically portray brothers in arms ‘Damage’ and ‘Moses’. Neglected as children by the state these characters come with quite a back story which eventually leads them to life on the streets to forge their own family as gang members.

This is the story of inner conflict and complex relationships and Claire Bueno could wait to interview Ryan and Tui about their own journey into making this compelling film.

Savage - Official Trailer

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