Stars saluted at AC/DC TV commercial screening ahead of Highway to Hell event

Melville residents and John Curtin College of the Arts students Sophie Hennighan (12) and Abby Hennighan.
Melville residents and John Curtin College of the Arts students Sophie Hennighan (12) and Abby Hennighan.

AC/DC fans gathered at Wireless Hill Museum on Monday evening to watch themselves star in a commercial that will be used to promote next year’s once-in-a-generation Highway to Hell event.

The tribute to Bon Scott will see Canning Highway closed down as part of the Perth Festival final event on March 1.

The commercial was filmed last month and features a host of locals, who were all invited to the Ardross museum to watch eight minutes of raw footage as well as the final 30-second product.

It will be screened during Perth Festival’s 2020 Lotterywest Films at UWA and shared on the City of Melville’s social media.

Among the stars of the commercial were Fremantle couple Rodney Weekes and Mandy Orso, who met at AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells concert at the Leopold Hotel in 2013.

“I’m not sure if Bon would be laughing with us or at us judging by the commercial,” Mr Weekes said.

“It was a pretty fun time filming the commercial.”

Booragoon resident Lynn Pierce is another local who will be on the big screen. She starred alongside her fellow Embroiderers’ Guild of Western Australia members.

“I was meant to say three words but it took a few takes to get it right but we all had fun,” she said.

The Guild will be helping people to stitch patches to their denim jackets in the lead-up to the March event at the Wireless Hill museum.

Booragoon resident Lynn Pierce.

Representing the younger generation in the video is Melville resident and John Curtin College of the Arts student Sophie Hennighan (12).

As well as starring in the commercial, she will also sing with her sister Abby (14) in the school’s gospel choir on the day of the event.

“It was really fun to be a part of the filming and I got to meet lots of people,” she said. “It will be very exciting on the day, I want to see how it will all come together.”