Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland will soon be the backdrop for a gritty Australian bikie film ‘Patched’. Colin ‘spida’ Dixon is the creative drive behind this production who wants to show the other side of the “stereotypes” that people don’t often see.
You have been apart of the Australian film industry for a couple of years as an actor. What inspired you to start writing, is this something you have always wanted to explore?
I have had the idea of the short film that we did for about 20yrs of that becoming a book, I was going to write a short story. But I didn’t have to do that because I was able to write the script for the movie and because of the amount of following we got, I think over 7,000 view’s on the trailer, and the amount of people that talked to me about that maybe we should do something else. That was what convinced me to sit down and start writing a full script for a feature length movie.
I read in an article that you, “will be exploring how the press communicate false truths to the community”.
Is ‘Patched’ a way of trying to portray the other side of the “stereotypes” that people don’t often see?
Most defiantly. What I meant by the press presenting the false truths is the fact if a biker gets caught with an ounce of marijuana, he ends up on the front page of the paper. If Joe Blow that nobody knows gets caught with an ounce he doesn’t even get a mention in the paper.
Its like, lets tell the people how horrible these bikies are. If you have a look at the whole of Australia, out of all the people that ride motorbikes, less then 1% are apart of outlaw motorcycle club. If we believe the press, we would think 70% are outlaws.