Screenwest, via the State government, have announced the recipients who will receive the $750,000 in West Coast Visions funding for 2016-17. One of Screenwest’s largest funds, the program aims to uncover, inspire and develop local talent and skills.
The project in receipt of the funding is the feature film, 1%, with Western Australian director, Stephen McCallum, writer Matt Nable and produced by Jamie Hilton and Michael Pontin from production company, Ticket to Ride.
“The program is unparalleled in Australia. Designed to develop and boost the career of talented Western Australian filmmakers, the initiative provides $750,000 to make a feature film,” said Minister John Day.
“Highly creative and competitive, applicants must have a well-developed, budget-savvy and marketable project with a team that can deliver it. Jamie Hilton has recently delivered Breath with Simon Baker in Denmark and it’s wonderful to see his team bring another feature film to the State.”
1% is a fictional tale set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs delving into the themes of brotherhood, loyalty and betrayal. It follows the heir of the throne of a motorcycle club, Iron Horse MC, who has to betray his president to save his brother’s life.
Director Stephen McCallum directed several award winning short films that have screened around the world. Stephen has also worked significantly in the commercial world.
1% will be producer Jamie Hilton’s third production to shoot in Western Australia in under a year, following Breath and Ben C Lucas’ OtherLife, which was also a Ticket to Ride production.
The project will commence shooting in the next six months in various locations around Western Australia. Minister Day also commented on the success of Screenwest’s West Coast Visions initiative.
“West Coast Visions films Hounds of Love, Blame, These Final Hours, and Wasted on the Young have all had great success on the national and international festival stage,” he said.