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Director Stephen McCallum did a fine job in his first full length feature film. Actor Matt Nable's 2nd writing credit was a great story (aside from a few minor plot issues), but the screenplay certainly needed some tweaking, but still well done for his 2nd attempt. The 92 min length was perfect and the pace was on point.
There certainly was room for improvement in this production, but for a low budget film, it showed really well, and held my attention throughout the entire film.
A well deserved 8/10 from me.
The bikers had a club where the pole dancers kept their clothes on and we never see them sell drugs or do anything to generate dirty money. Knuck is bisexual which didn't add anything to the film. PLOT SPOILER: Abbey Lee is the final girl. Weak plot.
Guide: F-word, sex, partial nudity.
Very interesting film from this 2017 Tiff
Nice to see adventurous material like this at the festival and especially nice to have the writer/star at the screenings.
One of the truly innovative films that was also very worthwhile seeing. Low budget but made in the hometowns of the filmmakers.
Very pretty girl Abbey Lee, formerly Victoria's Secret cover girl, steals the show as a biker chic propelling her man into leadership of the gang (hence lady MacBeth).
6 is an good rating when compared to the truly masterful films at 2017 Tiff - I don't give 10s.
1% is one of those films that puts you right into the midst of a situation with no exposition or information beforehand, we are shown and not told which in this case is executed perfectly as within minutes you can easily ascertain who these people are and what has transpired in the moments before the film begun.
The story is basic, but it's meant to be as the performances and direction carry the film, making it a real joy to watch even if you don't think you would necessarily be into a "bikie" film.
Ryan Corr plays the lead character who after being blackmailed by a rival gang is forced to try to convince his boss to make a deal. In my mind there are two stand out performances here, Matt Nable (who also penned the screenplay) gives a really meaty performance here as the President of the club, amplified by the fact he really bulked up for the role, we get perhaps a much deeper layered character than the usual "generic gang leader" in most films of this type. The other fantastic performance here would have to be Aaron Pederson who plays the leader of the rival bikie gang as an unstable utterly insane character, and is by far my favourite performance in this film even though he has a fairly limited screen time.
McCallum directs extremely well for a feature debut which when combined with some great editing provides great pacing and really kept me engaged for the whole time.
1% is a great example that a simple setup executed well can yield fantastic results with the right writer, director and cast, it is a quintessentially Australian film showcasing some great talent and for me this sits right up with Cargo as my second favourite Australian film of the year.
1% is in cinemas October 18th from Icon Films, who provided me with a screener for this review.
Matt Nable's script is one of the most authentic stories to give an accurate and close to real life of the 1 % outlaw motorcycle clubs.
This is a very impactful film worth seeing in the cinemas support Australian films and keep the hardworking and talented Actors and crew working.
This was a great yarn about a bikie club in a leadership crisis. Outstanding acting from the leafs and supporting cast. Nable is hulking menacing, Pedderson is awesome in a small but pivotal role