Biopic on early years of ACDC front man Bon Scott in development in WA

Biopic on early years of ACDC front man Bon Scott in development in WA

Lee Tiger Halley, of Boy Swallows Universe fame, will play the young Bon Scott. 

Perth-based production houses HALO Films and Protocol Pictures have embarked on a project to bring the story of AC/DC front man Bon Scott's early days to life with the feature film The Kid From Harvest Road, starring Boy Swallows Universe star Lee Tiger Halley as the musical icon-to-be.

Halley received universal acclaim for his depiction of Gus, the brother of main character Eli, in Boy Swallows Universe - a production that at one point was ranked third globally for a TV Series on Netflix, and has now been in the Top 10 in Australia on Netflix for eight weeks running.

Before the iconic thunderous riffs of AC/DC echoed across the globe, a young Bon Scott roamed the streets of Fremantle, Western Australia in 1963, having migrated to Australia from Scotland more than a decade earlier with his family when he was around six years old.

His path from a cherished yet troubled youth to a prodigious artist is a tale interwoven with the threads of magic and passion.

Now, his legendary journey from obscurity to becoming one of the most celebrated frontmen of his generation is set to captivate audiences in an upcoming film that delves into his early years, with production set to be under way in early 2025.

Writer Stephen Belowsky of Protocol and co-writer/director David Vincent Smith are at the helm of the project, promising to unveil untold chapters of Bon Scott's life with no objection from Scott’s estate.

HALO Films managing director Ian Hale will be an executive producer of the production.
HALO Films managing director Ian Hale will be an executive producer of the production.

 

The film will be produced by Tim Duffy with Belowsky, Protocl's Nick Mezzino and HALO Films managing director Ian Hale, a former WA state executive for the likes of Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures.

"We are thrilled to embark on this journey to illuminate the early years of Bon Scott," says Hale.

"His story is one of resilience, passion, and the relentless pursuit of his dreams. Through this film, we aim to honour his legacy and inspire audiences with the transformative power of music and determination."

As a Fremantle boy himself, Halley was chosen for the lead role by producers because of his magnetism which mirrors that of Bon Scott.

Bringing a story of Bon Scott’s early years to the big screen has been a passion project for writer Stephen Belowsky.

"I was truly inspired by his charismatic character, but what interested me most was his early, life not the caricature we all know on stage," he says.

"The teen who walked the streets of Fremantle... this is a love letter to Fremantle and Bon reimagined through the eyes of the author."

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