You can just about smell the grease and fumes in Stephen McCallum’s punchy debut feature. Welcome to the clubhouse of outlaw bikie gang Copperheads M.C. Its hard-as-nails president, Knuck (Nable), is about to finish a three-year stretch in the slammer. In Knuck’s absence, gang member Paddo (Corr), a smart guy with a vision for the future, has been holding the reins – and making unauthorised deals. With stolen narcotics and Paddo’s ambitious girlfriend, Katrina (Lee), added in to the mix this is not going to be a peaceful return to Knuck’s old-school rule. Briskly paced, vividly photographed and very well performed, 1% feels authentic at every turn. It paints an exciting and compelling picture of those who stand apart from the other 99%.
A lean, mean, well-oiled genre machine, continuing the Australian cinematic tradition of grim, violent portrayals of toxic masculinity. – Liam Dunn, Filmink
Festival guests: Stephen McCallum and Matt Nable