Our fascination with outlaw motorcyclists goes back a long way, cinematically speaking. Marlon Brando in The Wild One. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider. Sandy Harbutt and The Gravediggers in Stone. Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and the boys in Sons of Anarchy.
Now add to that pantheon 1%, roaring into Australian cinemas on August 30, 2018, after a well-received festival run. Written by co-star Matt Nable (The Final Winter, Arrow) and directed by debut feature filmmaker Stephen MCCallum, who shot it in his home town of Perth, Western Australia, 1% tells a story of generational unrest in the Copperheads Motorcycle Club: while President Knuck (Nable) has been doing hard time, heir apparent Paddo (Ryan Corr) has turned the scruffy, raw-knuckled outfit into a smooth-running and lucrative criminal organisation. When Knuck gets out of prison and begins to reassert his authority, the stage is set for betrayal and bloodshed. Abbey Lee, Aaron Pedersen, Josh McConville and Simone Kessell co-star.
For all that, one of the chief appeals of the bikie milieu is the sense of tribalism – the notion of a band of brothers standing together against the law, normal society, the world.
“It was about brotherhood, it was about struggle, it was about blood, it was about love, and family,” star Ryan Corr affirms. “In a scene you wouldn’t usually perceive to be domestic… and that’s what I think makes it feel interesting. It’s a 1% world, so you’re all criminal and outside the law, they have laws of their own. And within that world we’re exploring issues of family, love, and loyalty that I think everyone relates to. And that might be quite a jarring experience for people who don’t feel they in any way relate to a 1% gang.”