HOG DAY AFTERNOON
An Australian motorcycle gang goes hog wild in bruising crime drama 1%
Stephen Mccallum if the process of directing his debut feature film 1% was a relatively breezy affair, and you’ll get a swift response: “No, it was really fucking hard!” the AFTRS graduate laughs. “The great thing though is that the cast and crew really committed and jumped in guns blazing.”
And in 1% — a reference to a member of an outlaw motorcycle club — guns indeed blaze. Telling the tale of a power struggle between placeholder president of the Copperheads motorcycle gang Paddo (Ryan Corr) and just-got-outta-jail gang head Knuck (Matt Nable, who also wrote the screenplay), the film features plenty of visceral action — and a murderer’s row of Aussie acting talent. “Matt brings with him a lot of respect and interest from other actors, he has a great reputation,” says Mccallum when referring to a cast that includes Abbey Lee, Josh Mcconville, Simone Kessell and Aaron Pedersen. “Matt was the lynchpin, and I wanted a cast that felt like a family around him.” Asked how the actors’ handled riding Hogs and Mccallum lets out a chuckle. “None of us could ride bikes, it was pretty funny. All the actors said they could until they got to the set and none of them had a bike licence.” Faking the ability to ride a motorcycle while scoring a role in a film about motorcycle gangs? If anything, expect good acting among the blood, bullets and bikes.