SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out
A meteoric underground rise transformed rugby-playing students into SIX60, Kiwi music icons reaching a scale previously unseen in New Zealand. Now they must rise up and prove they’re worthy of their stage.
SIX60 are a phenomenon. In the history of New Zealand culture, no musical act has ever garnered such a deep connection with fans. From humble beginnings to becoming the first and only Kiwi act to headline Western Springs Stadium in front of 50,000 fans, their incredible story will shock even the band’s most ardent followers.
Born within student culture at Otago University, SIX60 grew from post-rugby match singalongs. When their music dropped on Facebook, it spread like wildfire. Within a year the band were winning awards and confounding the music industry with their organic rise. But reviewers laughed - calling their music derivative and ‘never quite brown enough’. Racist critics compound on young male egos struggling to break internationally, putting the band on a collision course with each other.
When the story takes a tragic turn in their old stomping ground of Dunedin, everything has to change as the band are forced to assess what they really stand for, and if they even have the goods to succeed.
Throughout the film, the members of SIX60: Matiu Walters, Ji Fraser, Marlon Gerbes, Eli Paewai and Chris Mac attempt to come to terms with both themselves and their changing relationships with each other.
Woven with stunning vision of their record-breaking stadium concert and featuring never before seen vision of the band as students in Dunedin, the film reveals an inspirational group of men who must draw from their backgrounds, accept their flaws and vow to never give up.
This is the compelling story of five men maturing, and coming to terms with themselves and each other, as they set about forging their own identity with honesty and candour.