A compelling story of loyalty and betrayal in the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs has been awarded Screenwest's $750,000 West Coast Visions film funding for 2016.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today revealed this year's winning project was a feature titled 1%, led by Western Australian director Stephen McCallum, with writer Matt Nable and producers Jamie Hilton and Michael Pontin, from local production company Ticket to Ride.
"Now in its twelfth year, West Coast Visions continues its important role in Australian filmmaking," Mr Day said.
"No other State offers an initiative like this, providing three quarters of a million dollars to make a feature film.
"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."
1% 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."
Mr McCallum has directed several award-winning short films that have screened around the world.
Mr Hilton and Mr Pontin produced OtherLife, while Mr Hilton recently worked with Mark Johnson (The Notebook and Breaking Bad) and Simon Baker (The Mentalist) on the Western Australian adaptation of Tim Winton's Breath, which is now in post-production.
1% will start shooting within the next six months at various locations across the State.
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