New Fan-Made AC/DC Rockumentary Explores Band’s Cultural Impact
As AC/DC fans worldwide patiently await the arrival of the Bon Scott biopic, which is being written and starring a singer from an AC/DC tribute act, two die hard fans have taken on the task of releasing their own unofficial feature length rockumentary on the band’s rise to world wide domination.
In a committed, well-thought out/down right insane move, filmmakers Kurt Squiers and Gregg Ferguson quit their careers in pursuit of crafting an all-out rock spectacular by fans, for fans. The feature hones in on the mighty Australian headbangers’ tremendous worldwide influence from the early days right up until the current day in a film entitled Beyond The Thunder.
Rather than focus predominantly on the band members themselves, Squier and Ferguson wanted to make a film about the unwritten brotherhood that links AC/DC fans world wide, demonstrating that their love for the group never dies. That feeling you get at a rock concert, where no words are needed. The guy next to you looks over, you nod, then you rock.
Hennemusic has reported that the creation is yet to receive a formal response from AC/DC management regarding its overall formation.
Despite the filmmakers denying the approval they’ve been seeking, they’re already winning approval of a different kind; with the promotional trailer has been welcomed worldwide by an ever increasing list of firms and media, including Adweek, SPIN, Kerrang!, Talking Metal, and Shockwaves Radio.
As well as an increasing media interest, the filmmaking pair had their creation previewed in London during the Classic Rock Magazine awards in front of members of equally legendary rock bands The Who, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, and Led Zeppelin.
As well as being showcased in front of the undoubtedly best rock and roll acts of the last 50 years, Beyond The Thunder has been screened worldwide at public events such as the Heavy Metal Film Festival in Los Angeles and the exclusive exhibition entitled ‘AC/DC Australia’s Family Jewels’ in Melbourne, but also been shown at the Melbourne Arts Centre and Scotland’s Kelvingrove Gallery – quite the resume for an unofficial feature.
Although the filmmakers are yet to receive permission from AC/DC’s management for a worldwide commercial release, which they are seeking to further validate the feature, the film is still gathering steam in the lead up to the release of the Bon Scott Biopic, a docu-drama titled Bon Scott: The Legend of AC/DC.
The appropriately named High Voltage Productions has begun pre-production and development on the proposed first full-length feature on the Bon Scott legacy, and no doubt Beyond The Thunder‘s Squier and Ferguson will be fronting the line for tickets to the release when it finally hits the screens.
It shouldn’t be hard to make a decent rock n’ roll film, should it? You’ve got all the ingredients for a successful film – great music, sexy performers, sex, drugs, death, groupies travel etc. Yet making a good rock n’ roll film is one of the trickiest things for a film maker to do, and no matter what, fans will find something to complain about. Whether it’s fictionalised, a biopic or a live our tour film; few meet the criteria of a truly great rock n’ roll film. If you’ve got a bit of time over the Easter long weekend to indulge in a rock n’ roll film, here are our picks of the best 10. Watch this slideshow »