Dark Horse to me was a film about hope.
All the way through this realistic view of Maori society (although as Once We Warriors told us, this could be any society - it's just that Maori were brave enough to reveal this really ugly side) the acting successfully delivered tension, sadness and hope from the screen to every seat in the house. Although some missed some of the humour everyone was slapped in the face with the hopelessness of a father whose only hope of saving a son is to have him "patched" or affiliated to a gang to be raised and protected in a pseudo family setting.
The helplessness and hopelessness spurned my thoughts of how New Zealanders are not helping New Zealand and of course the marginalized as is the trend, feel the detrimental effects more harshly. Chair of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi Sonny Tau pleads for the government not to undertake anymore studies to tell us what we already know". That child poverty exists in areas of New Zealand has been known for some time.
'Who controls the past control the future : who controls the present controls the past" this was researcher, business owner, writer and mum extraordinaire Maarama Kamiras' facebook status recently which personifies the hopeless sentiment that New Zealand and Australia are living through. Both governments (the recent picture of Abbott and Key aka average white male clones - just made me gag) are perpetuating this ethos that marginalized stay marginalized.
Dark Horse is real. The parties, the gangs, the poverty. This can change but only if New Zealanders and Australians want (really want) change. Human spirit is real too, the way in which Dark Horse starred down Mutt how and showed passion and compassion to rise above the filth and in the morning see warm and bright welcoming lights of a new horizon.
Dark Horse was a film about human spirit and I was glad that i took the time from work, study (I've got a civil practice exam in a couple of hours) and kids (Dad was over to look after the little people) to enjoy it, because it was a story that was real. There are expletives involved and violence but that's what made it real and I think the story and acting are powerful and it's a story that everyone can enjoy.