11 year old JACK, endearing, fantasist, adrenaline junkie disappears for four days, taking his friends on a journey across deprived, Rural Lanarkshire to raise money for their families after the Steel works closures at Ravenscraig and Clydesdale.
Jack has had little to know connection with his single parent DAD, since he lost his job, now spending most his time in the ‘bookies’ with his redundant, ex-workmates.
Jack wants above all to go to America to live with his MUM.
He thinks his dad is doing all he can to prevent this from happening. He decides to raise the money for a plane ticket himself by salvaging and selling scrap metal and other items left behind with the death of heavy industry in Scotland.
They pass through caravan communities of displaced peoples. Entire streets and blocks of flats are demolished leaving the caravan children to play in the rubble.
The boys must make their way safely through the countryside and avoid the territorial disputes, raging between older kids, from neighbouring communities which often descends into bloody violence.
Also there is the threat of being caught by farmers, security guards, their parents or even the police, before they reach their goal.
Jacks mum comes for him at the end of the film but he chooses to stay with the people who really count after the greatest adventure of his young life at the end of the summer, before starting High School.
In the end Jack understands what his dad is going through and the sacrifices he has made for him since his mum ditched them for a new life. He realises that he needs to be there for his dad to help him get back on his feet. He gives him his share of the money.
Set against the backdrop of the Late 80’s, Economic Recession; Society Bleeds is a story of family, friendship and growing up during a time of social decline.
Society Bleeds is a social realist film with heart and humour which falls somewhere between the Rat-catcher and Stand by Me.