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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Video: Rob Liotti's No-Holds-Barred Interview With Jay Conroy of ROCKHARDRADIO1

ROCKHARDRADIO1 of New Your City, NY. has released a video on YouTube with presenter, Jay Conroy conducting an in-depth interview with Rob Liotti, star and screenwriter of Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised. The interview examines some of the issues pertaining to the much anticipated music docudrama and gives a first glimpse into Liotti's feelings and opinions concerning the project being produced by High Voltage Productions, LLC.

"I had a great interview with Jay, and he asked alot of informed questions," the singer remarked.

He added, "I think he did a great job delving into some of the subject areas that most fans wanted to enquire about. And, frankly, some of the questions put me on the spot, but that is what a good interviewer does, right?"

It has also been reported that High Voltage Productions is currently in talks with another major production company concerning the project. They have been tight-lipped thus far, although they did previously acknowledge the potential deal with NBC Universal that did not come to fruition.

A representative for HVP said, "Like any other responsible production company, we don't want to disclose our negotiations until such time as a solid deal and all have agreed to publicize the union. What is unique about this project is that it has received considerable attention worldwide even before being shot. It is a hot project, and we want to do everything right to see that it meets expectations."

The video may be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQw3H3X5zys

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bon Scott Docudrama Star Speaks With Radio Personality Jay Conroy

The star of 'Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised' recently spoke with hard rock presenter, Jay Conroy, of RockHardRadio1.com in what what is described as a no-holes-barred interview about the current state of the film project.

High Voltage Productions, LLC. who is the production company behind the film, stated that "Jay Conroy is a guy who talks with many of rock music's heavyweights... and we felt that he and Rob would mesh well in an interview situation."

The interview is set for first airing on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

HVP, LLC. also reported that, "Jay apparently asked some pretty pointed questions about some of the legal wranglings and threats by AC/DC and the Bon Scott Estate against the project..." which were apparently fielded by their star who also served as a screenwriter.

Interest in the project continues to grow as does the likelihood of being backed and greenlit given the brevity of the project.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Charleston City Paper - Wanted: New Investor for AC/DC Movie. Only Serious Applicants Need Apply

Posted by Margaret Vogel on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Something feels full circle about seeing your favorite music legend portrayed on the silver screen-Joaquin Phoenix killed it as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line, the Ray Charles’ biopic, aptly called Ray, took Oscar gold, and now the guttural rock and roll voice of AC/DC’s Bon Scott has the chance to be heard through movie theater speakers, and is portrayed by Charleston's own Rob Liotti.

And here's the best part. You hold the power to turn that possibility into reality. High Voltage Productions want you to prove your AC/DC superfan status by campaigning for a new investor to facilitate the making of the film — well, Hell's Bells bitches. The former investing plan [with NBC Universal] fell through, and the movie developers have opted for a different approach this time around before approaching other production companies. Pitching a feasible investing proposal could earn a fan up to $25,000 in finder’s rewards and, of course, the sweet satisfaction of knowing you’re the person who made it all happen. It'll also get you a screen credit so that satisfaction lives on for generations to come. Ideas and serious interest can be expressed to High Voltage Productions, LLC. at ozmoviecasting@gmail.com

See original article at: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/HolyCinema/archives/2014/02/12/wanted-new-investor-for-acdc-movie-only-serious-applicants-need-apply

Saturday, February 8, 2014

High Voltage Productions Offering $25,000 Incentive For A Lucky Bon Scott Movie Fan

According to High Voltage Productions, LLC., the American production company developing the highly-publicised Bon Scott docudrama, they have come up with an innovative funding participation method that could help a lucky fan become $25,000.00 richer.

Many filmmakers and artists have taken to the crowdfunding method of raising money for projects from films to music ventures and everything in between. With sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Crowdfunder available to fund-seekers, these companies helped raise some $2.7 billion dollars in 2012 according to the Crowdfunding Industry Report. And while it can be a successful outlet for those looking to raise seed money for projects or to fully fund their ventures, the company developing "Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised" has revealed that they plan to take a "different approach" to obtaining their backing for the film after their potential deal with NBC Universal in London fells through the cracks likely due to an internal conflict with AC/DC over ownership of their music catalogue.

HVP conveyed that they are prepared to offer a fan(s) "$25,000.00 US in "finder's money" and a screen credit should that fan directly produce a backer/investor to fund the proposed $5M budget for the project."*

"This is a terrific incentive for a fan who wants to see this film put into production!" exclaimed Rob Liotti who is slated to star as the late Aussie singer.

"I think it was a very basic approach to offering a quid pro quo incentive to an individual for providing a backer for this historic project. Basically, as I understand it, if an individual out there puts us in contact with an investor, venture capitalist, or simply a wealthy fan with the desire to back the project, they will be rewarded with a handsome finder's fee. What is cool about this approach is that it puts the ball in the fans' court and gives someone a fantastic opportunity and incentive to 'participate'. Hell, I agree 100% and think it is a great idea..." he said.

A representative of HVP stated that the current state of the project is that they have reached the point in time where they are now ready to seek out their production funding and move onto pre-production.

Interested parties may reach High Voltage Productions at ozmoviecasting@gmail.com

As the AC/DC tune says, 'Money Talks'...



*Terms and conditions will apply.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Former Bon Scott Stylist And Friend Slams Film Project



Seems a former friend and stylist to Australian rock star, Bon Scott, is none too happy with American filmmakers planning a docudrama about the late singer. Yet, the film's principle actor and associates seem unphased.

Mary Renshaw (shown in image attached courtesy Google Images), a fashion designer from St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia and a former close associate and stylist for the singer recently expressed some terse criticism of High Voltage Productions, LLC. and its efforts to portray her late friend in a planned film production.

The American production company has engaged in developing a docudrama film about the late AC/DC vocalist and stars actor/singer Rob Liotti. Renshaw and the late rock idol were close enough that letters from Scott to Renshaw are displayed at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Scott's adopted Australian hometown. His family moved to Fremantle after emigrating Down Under from his native Scotland while a small child with father Chick and mother Isabella. It has also been reported in 2008 that the stylist even wore a ring that Bon gave to his ex-wife, Irene. The late singer gave the ring to Renshaw after his amicable divorce.

The film project entitled, Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised has received entertainment news coverage all over the world as the much anticipated project works its way towards fruition.

It was reported by sources that Renshaw recently went on the attack and claimed about the production company and obviously their star: "this bunch is rubbish, [a] second-rate AC/DC cover band just trying to cash in..."

Responding to a recently released article in 100 Percent Rock Magazine, Renshaw stated: "The word artistic is the key.. Aren’t you guys just a cover band that are trying to get publicity , not in touch with anyone that actually knew Bon and out to make a sensationalised movie about a man who truly was a great human being.."

We contacted High Voltage Productions, LLC. for a response to Renshaw and reached the film's principle actor, Rob Liotti, who also penned the much-awaited screenplay.

"I typically don't respond to these types of critical remarks, but as Ms. Renshaw appears to have been a close friend of Bon, I will address her points," Liotti said.

"I am not sure to whom she is referring when she says 'this bunch'? I will assume she is referring to me as I am the singer who has portrayed her late friend for a number of years on stage. This film is being produced by a production company, not a 'cover band'. And as to her inflammatory remark as to me or the band that I have performed in as being 'second rate'? That is bullshit and everyone who has ever watched me perform would take issue with that..."

The singer went on to say: "As to her comment to 100 Percent Rock Magazine, I am not certain who she is to judge what or whom is artistic. Hey, not everyone is a fan; I get it... And that is perfectly fine, but she needs to realize that no one has taken the initiative to make a film like this in almost 35 years. I should apologize for that?!"

Liotti added, "I don't need publicity. People know who I am and what I do. The fact is that 90% of the fans that have ever commented are in favour of our project. No matter what I do, I am going to be criticized irrespective. I am fine with that. Mary also neglects to mention that I personally attempted to contact her to chat about the project and how she might help.  That wasn't a production assistant; that request came directly from me. And, who the hell ever mentioned that the film would 'sensationalise' anything?

He goes on to say, "I have spoken to many people who knew Bon and who wanted to help make sure the film was made with integrity. I don't need an integrity lesson on this. There is a reason NBC Universal, the largest entertainment company in the world, wanted to make this film reality for international television - it is because the story does have that integrity. Furthermore, every, single negative comment like that of Renshaw comes from someone who has never seen my acting or read the story. Whether she knew the guy or not is insignificant with respect to the making of this film, sorry."

High Voltage Productions stated that they are currently working on a filmed interview with key members of the production team to be shot soon according to Director J.R. Getches.




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jesse Fink's New Book About AC/DC and Its Parallel To The Bon Scott Movie




Random House Australia just released a book by author, Jesse Fink, called "The Youngs - The Brothers Who Built AC/DC". Finally, a no-holds-barred read that predicates itself upon the real truth rather than fluffy, rockstar-wannabe fodder for the masses. Jesse Fink tells it like it is when it comes to AC/DC. It is obvious that he is a fan and has openly stated that AC/DC's music helped him deal with a painful divorce from his wife of a decade. And, he is proudly Australian and a fan of Aussie music. What is vastly different in his book, as compared to a few others, is his openness to tackling what makes AC/DC tick these days - MONEY.

So, what does Fink's newly penned title have to do with "Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised"? Well, everything...

It was last reported this December that AC/DC and The Bon Scott Estate had both sent letters to High Voltage Productions in an attempt to force them to Cease and Desist further production of the proposed docudrama. This news literally comes just as AC/DC celebrates its 40th anniversary as a musical act. Fans are less-than-happy... Furthermore, it comes some 34 years after the untimely death of Scottish-born frontman, Bon Scott.

The question remains the same and is posed ad nauseum: Why?

According to Fink's book and tireless research, there are a wake of "dead soldiers" left from the music wave called AC/DC. From producers to crew managers to former members, everyone around the Young's camp has been expendable, but the Youngs themslves. Makes sense - their gig. But, they have a fanbase; a massive fanbase that have made them the wealthiest entertainment family in Australia. Yes, fans paid the money whilst the band paid their dues. It is "A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock And Roll)", but give credit (and compensation at times) where it is due. This has been an obstacle according to Fink's book, and he certainly has evidence to support his assertions.

The author's book, like the film project, were/are both being undertaken without the cooperation or support of AC/DC. It is no fable that filmmakers engaged in the Bon Scott docudrama have made attempts to reach out to AC/DC, the Bon Scott Estate, and their handlers, but have been stone-walled. Moreover, legal teams have made demands that are "overreaching" at best. And if timing isn't everything, the legal eagles immediately swooped in just as HVP was in talks with entertainment giant, NBC Universal. Universal's acquisition team, led by Acquisitions Manager, Nicholas Lee had contacted High Voltage Productions due to the overwhelming amount of publicity the project had received, along with its actor to portray the late singer, Rob Liotti. It is nearly unheard of for a production company, let along NBC Universal, to reach outside to filmmakers. Thus, the importance of the project reveals itself. Hence, the convenience of the fact that Universal Music now owns AC/DC's music catalogue. Yes, same company, different division.

This is what Jesse Fink reveals in his book: AC/DC plays hardball and takes no prisoners. Moreover, Fink reveals a story conveyed to him by former AC/DC bassist, Mark Evans. Evans recalled that Bon Scott had also nearly been sacked as a result of a drug overdose back in 1975 further solidifying the expendability factor within the band. Evans was later sacked, himself, back in 1977 before joining Australian outfit, Finch.

All in all, "The Youngs - The Brothers Who Built AC/DC" is a must-read for any rock and roll fan. The book gives real insight into the machine behind the machine that is AC/DC.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

AC/DC and Bon Scott Estate Try To Block Movie


“AC/DC and Bon Scott Estate Move to Block Docudrama About Late Singer”


AC/DC’s 40th anniversary seems to have a chink in its armour as controversy seems to be looming around a planned docudrama film about their fallen lead vocalist, Bon Scott. Ronald Belford Scott died tragically, but not surprisingly, back in February 1980 from what the U.K. coroner ruled as “Death By Misadventure” after a drinking binge in London. For some six years, Scott gained a reputation as a rock and roll frontman that would later earn him honours as the greatest frontman of all time according to some prominent rock periodicals.


High Voltage Productions, LLC. a film production company based out of Charleston, South Carolina in the United States, has been working on a docudrama film about Scott since late 2012 and have received worldwide attention concerning the project. The film’s star, actor/musician, Rob Liotti, skyrocketed into the limelight after being named as the actor to portray the late frontman and has become quite well-known in the entertainment community. Naturally, this is to be expected given the gravity and anticipation of a movie finally taking shape about the Aussie music icon’s career. AC/DC has a massive fan base that stretches across every continent.


Why then the controversy?


It has been learned that New York City attorneys for AC/DC, its production company, Albert Productions Pty., and its branding company, along with solicitors out of Sydney, Australia representing the Estate of Bon Scott, have both threatened legal action against the producers should the project move forward. Both have sent letters to the company that ask for production to cease and desist and both firms have made rather overreaching demands against the company that would seem to completely discount and ignore something called the First Amendment, in the opinion of the company.


“How many unauthorised biographies and documentaries have been made about everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Jimi Hendrix? Filmmakers have a right to tell a story without tortious interference. Naturally, there are boundaries… But a lot of these networks and filmmakers REALLY push those boundaries and still produce their product. The screenwriter had enough respect as a fan of the band to tell the story properly and truthfully based upon facts already well-known and public - a lot of which the band readily discloses themselves!”




News of the project spread like wildfire as the media and fans of Scott and AC/DC worldwide learned that a project was in the works. It was reported a few months ago that media moguls, NBC Universal in London, U.K. had the project in their hands and were giving serious consideration to an acquisition deal for international television distribution. NBC Universal had actually reached out to the American production company after seeing the media blitz. The fact that one of the largest entertainment companies in the world reached outside for a project rather than plucking it out of a stack full of wannabe TV and movie submissions is nearly unheard of in today’s media market. Thus, one sees the gravity of the project and the demand for its completion. It seems, however, that when NBC Universal made enquiries about licensure of AC/DC’s music for the film, the band’s legal team immediately took the prospect of the film actually coming to fruition very seriously and initiated what appears to be a campaign against the filmmakers.


The attorney, Stuart Prager of Grubman Indursky & Shire, P.C. in NYC, speaking on their behalf scoffed, “This movie WILL NOT get made…!” in a phone call to counsel for HVP. The law firm represents such artists as U2, Lady Gaga, and the Whitney Houston Estate. It has been reported that Mr. Prager has had former dealings with Universal and familiarity with the company.


Yet, there seems to be no basis whatsoever for the current posture of the band or the estate of the late singer according to experts at Stanford University Law School who review cases like this as part of a First Amendment and Fair Use endowment at the prestigious university. Their experts consulting with HVP’s legal team saw “no infringement whatsoever…” but did recommend amending the film’s title to reflect that the docudrama was ‘unauthorised’. Such amendment has been made without hesitation.


Judges have been very consistent about ruling in favor of documentary filmmakers when SLAAP suits or threats thereof pervade. SLAAP suits are “a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) that is intended to censor, intimidate, or silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.” In other words, overwhelm the little guy with so much legal wrangling and attorney’s fees that they fold, wither, and blow away - especially in a David vs. Goliath case like this.


Again, the question that prevails is: Why? Why is there such opposition to this much-anticipated project nearly thirty-four years later?


High Voltage Productions disclosed to NBC Universal and other production houses enquiring that they “did not ever anticipate the agreeable licensure of AC/DC’s music for the film.” Further, they disclosed that they had contacted AC/DC’s longtime production company, Albert Productions Pty. in Australia prior to undertaking any development of the film to “respectfully inform Malcolm Young and Alberts of our plans and to faithfully request the opportunity to license their music for such and important project…” The friendly correspondence went unanswered.


AC/DC, one of the highest grossing musical acts of all-time, can do nothing but benefit from such a project. It is readily known that many unauthorized biographical documentaries have been produced and broadcasted without incident. And networks like E! would be out-of-business if they were unable to broadcast real-life ‘True Hollywood Stories’ and often seedy-but-true docs on celebrities. They do it because they have a First Amendment right to free speech and they are not purposely injuring, defaming, or violating the privacy of the individual because they are broadcasting true and cited information. AC/DC and the late singer’s estate stand to gain nothing but more fame and popularity through publicity surrounding the film and surely an increase in music sales - especially back-catalogue material that was recorded during the years Scott performed with and wrote for AC/DC. They stand to make yet more money after the Young Family (Angus and Malcolm et al) were recently named one of Australia’s wealthiest families.


Oddly enough, AC/DC has always been about ‘sticking it to The Man’ as is heard ad nauseum in their lyrics. They speak incessantly of being held down and handcuffed by the establishment. Yet in 2013, it appears that they may have actually become The Man whilst aligning themselves with fiscal giants like Wal-Mart, iTunes, the Iron Man franchise, etc. To fans, this departure may be troubling. It is also no secret that Bon Scott may have been on his way out of AC/DC at the time of his demise and as far back as 1975 - either by the hand of the band and their handlers or by his own fruition. In either case, he was likely moving on and often discussed a solo career. Bottom line: no one is accountable for what never happened. He is simply gone and an AC/DC martyr that can be held up as a rock hero. And he is...


The fact is that “Bon Scott - The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorised” is a movie about Bon Scott, not AC/DC in and of themselves. The band, while certainly relevant, is incidental to the whole of the story, as is their music. Most ‘fans’ of Scott (who was most recently voted Australia’s second most popular singer of all time) only came to know him as “AC/DC’s singer who died…” and are oft unaware that he was actually not even their first vocalist and actually replaced original singer, Dave Evans, who now lives in Texas. Moreover, there are at least two generations of fans who, through no fault of their own, are only familiar with Back in Black forward to present-day. So, this film promises to bring a whole new throng of fans to admire the machine that is now AC/DC and to many, and obscure Australian rock icon called Bon Scott.


“One thing that is extremely troubling about this whole matter is that you hear AC/DC’s music on everything from Wal-Mart commercials to ridiculous reality shows. But the band sends what is reported to be the most powerful entertainment law firm in the country to attack a small production company with threats of injunctions and litigation because we asked about using their music and expressed our intention to lawfully exercise our First Amendment right. So, we get threats of an injunction while some half-wit reality show about tow trucks uses “Highway to Hell”. Wow… that is a real tribute to Bon.”


If the name of the game is money, then AC/DC are on top of their game. All agree that they have earned their way to the top of the heap. We salute you. Vocalist Brian Johnson and his wife, as well as bassist Cliff Williams and his wife do wonderful charity work through their philanthropy in Florida where they both reside. But money is meant to be made by all. Filmmakers tell stories; some better than others. For those who detract, almost thirty-four years have gone by and no one has made this movie. The Australian government, who funds filmmaking in Scott’s adopted home country, only agreed to fund $20,000 AUS for a seemingly gimme project. Obviously not what is needed. High Voltage Productions has reportedly spoken with some possible executive producers to fund the project, but have not yet gotten the desired commitment.


“As movies go, this is not a ‘big’ budget project per se. Certainly, $5M is nothing to scoff at, and we feel like that is a realistic figure. If the right person/company came with $4M and it was the right fit, we do our damndest to make that budget work. If someone comes with $8M and says ‘do what you need’ then all the better. But, this project is not all about money. We actually care about the subject-matter. Naturally we want the project to be profitable, but getting the film made and in-the-can matters most right now and seeing that our investor recoups their capital.”


“We also have a big advantage: South Carolina and North Carolina both offer very attractive film incentives and rebates with the passage of current legislation. For an executive producer funding the project, that means a great deal. Many big budget films have shot here, and we have the studio facilities, personnel, and apparatus to make it happen. You would see a lot of the same names in credits as you would have seen in ‘The Notebook’, ‘The Patriot’, ‘Army Wives’, ‘Reckless’, ‘Ace Ventura 2’, and so on. Plus, we have the plausible location settings to pull it off with the proper authenticity.”


“We have already shot a teaser trailer with Rob Liotti portraying Bon. It was historic as it was the first dramatic footage ever shot of Bon Scott’s character or of that which is AC/DC. I know the director, J.R. Getches, would be the first to tell you that the actor definitely channels the late Scott and that they have the right guy for the role. Plus the story is all there. While bogging us down with legal paperwork may delay the project, there is absolutely nothing defamatory or damaging to AC/DC or Bon Scott’s Estate about telling a true story, nor does it infringe on their privacy or brand plate. We aren’t forging belt buckles and printing tee shirts with their name.”


Obviously, High Voltage Productions is simply attempting to fill an artistic void. They want to tell a story about the tragic death of a talented young man who came from humble beginnings and was full of personality and the vigor to be someone special. He wanted to be a rock star… Bringing this story to life is an hommage; it satisfies the desire of past, present, and future fans to examine and appreciate life’s lessons and whether it is truly desirable to be famous and revered. Is it a control issue? Is it money? Is it the fear of unknown truth being exposed? Trying to prevent such artistic expression is a complete denial of the fact that had it not been for Bon Scott, AC/DC would surely not be as relevant after forty years.


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