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Published October 18th 2018
A film worth seeing at the cinema
1% is a very well made Western Australian film, made in and around the suburbs of Perth and Fremantle, about the complex dangers which can arise when joining a bikie gang.
The Perth made film you have to see
Acting as one of the most relevant films to come out in some time, which reflects on what is happening in the underbelly of Australia today, 1% follows the story of two men, caught up in a deadly power struggle to be the leader of their gang.
Directed by Stephen McCallum (2015's Gallipoli and 2017's OtherLife) and written by and Matt Nable (Riddick and Arrow), who also co-stars in the film as the rough as guts leader of the gang Knuck. Knuck has just finished his stint in prison and is out to reclaim his title as top dog, after his surrogate son Mark, known commonly as Paddo, played by Ryan Corr (Wolf Creek 2 and Packed to the Rafters) was "minding the store" for him.
Paddo has expanded the enterprise, by bringing in new members, which in turns threatens Knuck's position in the gang and leads to a major rift in the group and subsequently all-out war. The dispute gets even messier when Paddo's younger brother Skink, brilliantly played by Josh McConville (Cleverman and The Infinite Man) gets into serious trouble by breaking one of the clubs major rules.
Knuck is a very interesting character, which many people in society's today will be able to connect with, as he tries to maintain his reputation within his gang, as well as his relationship with his wife while struggling with his sexuality, which is causing him to become severely troubled.
The incredible main cast of this terrific film
The two leading ladies in the film, played by Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road and The Neon Demon) and Simone Kessell (Terra Nova and The Crossing) who are both completely nail their roles. Their characters are both stunningly beautiful, deadly and strong, as well as being extremely powerful and not to be messed with - in other words, they absolutely kick ass!
The delicate family dynamic associated with bikie culture is very well portrayed in this film, which makes it seem all too real.
As someone who usually doesn't get into these types of films, I thoroughly enjoyed 1%. This film is gritty, dramatic, sometimes too real and dotted with great humour throughout, which was a nice change. This film is well worth seeing.
1% is rated MA and is not recommended for those under the age of 15, as it contains strong themes, violence, sexual violence, sex scenes and coarse language.