AC/DC’s Bon Scott film gets underway in WA

The early years of the late AC/DC frontman will be brought to life in a movie from HALO films and Protocol Pictures.

The early life of the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is set to hit cinemas in a film currently being developed in Western Australia.

The Kid From Harvest Road will see a young Scott roaming the streets of Fremantle in the 1960s, following his path from troubled youth to globally famous artist.

The film is being developed in a collaboration between HALO Films and Protocol Pictures. Writer Stephen Belowsky and Co-Writer/Director David Vincent Smith are at the helm of the project, with a script that has received no objection from Scott’s estate.

The film is produced by Tim Duffy, with executive producers Ian Hale and Nicko Mezzino.

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‘We are thrilled to embark on this journey to illuminate the early years of Bon Scott,’ says Ian Hale from Halo Films.

‘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.’

Lee Tiger Halley, who recently had a breakout role in Boy Swallows Universe, will be stepping into the shoes of young Bon Scott. A Fremantle boy himself, Halley was first choice for producers ‘because of his magnetism which mirrors Bon Scott’.

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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 said.

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

Production on The Kid From Harvest Road is expected to start in early 2025. This article was amended on 8 March to better reflect an addendum from the film’s producers that it would not be a biopic but a film that ‘aims to capture the essence of Bon Scott’s early life in Fremantle in a fictionalised narrative set in the 1960s’.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports