The Savages are a working class West Auckland family who like drinking, and living by their own rules. Savage Honeymoon is a celebration of their passion and leather pants - and a snapshot of a couple worried their children may not be as lucky as them. Mark Beesley’s debut feature won good reviews (The Herald praised its “self-confident swagger”) – and headlines, after being downgraded from an R18 to R15. The film pre-dated the Westie family of Outrageous Fortune - though Beesley then hated the Westies label, disliking the word’s negative connotations.
Don't let her ride barefoot. Don't let her ride alone and don't let her out of your sight. Don't show off and also don't bring him back until he's cheered up a little bit.– Mickey Savage
Portman Entertainment and Rocket Pictures, in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Film 2.
Original music by the band Dean Savage. Additional songs by Head Like a Hole, Citizen Band, The Feelers, Sharon O'Neill, Hello Sailor, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, David Essex, Roger Miller, and Percy Sledge.