1%

MA15 92 mins

About the film

Director: Stephen McCallum
Actors: Abbey Lee, Josh McConville, Matthew Nable, Ryan Corr
99% of motocyclists are law-abiding citizens...
1% is a story of brotherhood, loyalty, ambition and betrayal, set within the world of Australian motorcycle gangs. The titular term actually refers to police slang coined in the 1970’s about the percentage of bikies who live above the law, which in this film’s case are the leather-strapped gang of the Copperheads.

An international hit from Toronto to Fantastic Fest to London, Australia’s answer to Sons of Anarchy, Australian director Stephen McCallum’s debut feature 1%, is a seriously gritty motorcycle gang action/drama.

Set in the out suburbs of Perth, 1% follows a power struggle breaking out in an outlaw bikie gang. This intriguing and intricate tale flows like a really messed up version of Shakespeare, as murder, betrayal and shifting power dynamics combine in the melting pot of the Western Australian heat.

Paddo (Ryan Corr) has been the glue holding together the Copperheads Motorcycle Club while the gang’s president Knuck (former rugby player Matt Nable, who also wrote the screenplay) serves time in prison. Not only that, Paddo has significantly increased the club’s lucrative money laundering racket. But trouble is on the horizon when Knuck is released and resents his protégé’s success, and when a blunder by Paddo’s brother attracts negative attention from rival bikie gang leader Sugar (Aaron Pedersen), the scene is set for gang warfare both within and without.

Taking his cues from Shakespeare, director Stephen McCallum orchestrates a who’s who of local talent, crowned with a powerhouse performance from rising star Abbey Lee as Paddo’s ambitious and scheming girlfriend Katrina, who is not about to let her man be swept aside by Knuck’s machinations.

Australian filmmaking has a talent for making hard-hitting, gritty crime thrillers. 1% slots in nicely alongside Romper Stomper, Chopper, Animal Kingdom and Snowtown. This is a closed society and not a particularly nice view of the world, but it sure is one hell of a great film.

"…a gloriously rendered and assured debut feature…" - FilmInk
"...an unflinching and scathing cautionary tale," - Flicks.com.au

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