In a story spanning three decades, the sergeant in a violent New Zealand biker gang reflects on the defining moments that turned him into a feared outsider.

Dir-Scr Sam Kelly
Prod Vicky Pope
With Jake Ryan, John Tui, Chelsie Preston Crayford
New Zealand
Sales Film Constellation

What turns a man into a monster? This multi-stranded drama attempts to explain how a normal young boy named Danny became a fearsome biker by the name of Damage, who wears his gang membership as a full-face tattoo. Kicking off in the late 1980s, where an increasingly jaded Damage is propping up the gang’s divisive leader Moses, Sam Kelly’s debut flashes back to the 1960s, when Danny is remanded in custody for thievery, then cruises through the 1970s as Danny finds his outlaw home. This journey of reflection is the spine of the film, which comes to a head when internal gang tensions boil over and Danny/Damage is embroiled in a murder plot. But is he really the killer they think he is?

Damon Wise

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Sam Kelly, director; Vicky Pope, producer.

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Additional information

This is a 18+ screening.