A WA feature film will bring the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs to the big screen thanks to Screenwest’s $750,000 West Coast Visions initiative.
The winning project, titled 1%, is written by Arrow and Barracuda actor Matt Nable, directed by WA’s Stephen McCallum and produced by Jamie Hilton and Michael Pontin, from local production company Ticket to Ride.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the West Coast Visions program played an important role in Australian filmmaking.
“No other State offers an initiative like this, providing three quarters of a million dollars to make a feature film,” he said.
“To be competitive, applicants must have a well-developed and marketable project, with a budget-savvy team who can deliver.
“Mr Hilton has recently produced Breath with Simon Baker in Denmark and it’s wonderful to see his team bringing another feature production to the State.”
The film follows the story of a young Iron Horse MC bikie who has to betray his club president in order to save his brother’s life.
“Films which have been supported by West Coast Visions — including Hounds of Love, Blame, These Final Hours and Wasted on the Young — have all enjoyed great success at national and international festivals,” the Minister said.
“In tandem with the Liberal National Government’s new Western Australian Regional Film Fund, West Coast Visions is helping build our production skills base and create jobs across the State.”
The initiative is designed to uncover, inspire and develop local talent and skills, as well as support motivated writer/director/producer teams with distinctive visions who can best use the funding.
Previous recipients of the funding include Zac Hilditich and Liz Kearney, which went toward their apocalyptic drama, These Final Hours.
McCallum was also the recipient of Screen Australia’s director’s attachment scheme for the 2014 feature film, Cut Snake.
1% will start shooting within the next six months at various locations across WA.