Chopper is inspired by the books of Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read, arguably Australia's most infamous former criminal. An original screenplay, Chopper draws on police records, court transcripts, news coverage and interviews with prisoners, police and prison workers who knew Chopper Read. It is not a bio-pic, but a multi-sided examination of the pathology of a complex and violent man who has become a cult figure. This controversial film has earned the director criticism and praise in its dispassionate account of Chopper's life -- his time in the infamous H-Division of Pentridge Gaol and, on the outside, his idiosyncratic relationship with both police and criminals. As well as stills from the film the publication includes many illuminating scenes that did not make the final cut.