AC/DC | Life of frontman Bon Scott to be dramatised in The Kid From Harvest Road

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The early life of original AC/DC front man Bon Scott will be dramatised in the film, The Kid From Harvest Road. Here are the details:

Musical biopics have had a successful resurgence in recent years, with films like Bohemian RhapsodyRocketman, Bob Marley: One Love and the upcoming Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black.

The life of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott will be dramatised in The Kid From Harvest Road. The film is currently in development in Western Australia and production is expected to commence in early 2025.

Bon Scott was AC/DC’s second vocalist, hired after the firing of original singer Dave Evans. Scott sang on their first seven albums, which spawned hits like It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)High Voltage and Highway To Hell. Scott passed away in 1980, Brian Johnson, formerly singer of the band Geordie, became the new singer in AD/DC.

David Vincent Smith will direct the film and co-write the screenplay with Stephen Belowsky. Fremantle-born actor Lee Tiger Halley, who stars as Gus Bell in Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe, will play Scott, further casting has not been confirmed.

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Producers Halo Films and Protocol Pictures also issued a statement clarifying that the film is not a biopic. You can read the statement below:

The producers behind The Kid From Harvest Road are incredibly humbled and grateful for the overwhelming media attention the recent announcement of the film’s development has garnered. The enthusiasm and support from audiences and media outlets alike reaffirm the belief in the power of storytelling.

However, they are at pains to express that The Kid From Harvest Road is a project that aims to capture the essence of Bon Scott’s early life in Fremantle in a fictionalised narrative set in the 1960s. By drawing inspiration from the stories and atmosphere of the time period, rather than attempting a biopic, the film can offer a more imaginative exploration of Scott’s character and experiences.

Focusing on his formative years in Fremantle allows for a deeper dive into the influences and events that shaped him as a person and ultimately as the iconic frontman of AC/DC. It also provides an opportunity to explore the cultural landscape of the time, including the burgeoning music scene and social dynamics of the era.

Through careful storytelling and attention to detail, The Kid From Harvest Road can offer viewers a reimagined glimpse into the life of a young Bon Scott, while also capturing the spirit of the times in which he lived. It’s an approach that allows for creative interpretation while still honouring the essence of Scott’s journey.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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