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.

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