Thunderstruck - Damon Gameau, Stephen Curry, Sam Worthington, Darren Ashton
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities
Break every rule but never break a promise.
For five fanatical AC/DC fans, a concert performed by their idols in Sydney, 1991, is a night that becomes momentous in more ways than one. The concert itself has been one of the greatest experiences of their lives, but later in the night, when they are heading come, they become convinced that fate - in the shape of an old poster of the late AC/DC member, Bon Scott - has saved their lives.
They believe it's the poster that delays them from certain death when a taxi crashes near them and the driver is killed. The five friends, Sonny (Damon Gameau), Ben (Stephen Curry), Lloyd (Ryan Johnson), Sam (Callan Mulvey) and Ronnie (Sam Worthington), make a pact, swearing that if one of them should die, the others will make sure he is buried in Fremantle Cemetery - next to their rock and roll saviour, Bon Scott.
Twelve years later, the boys are a little different. All have gone their separate ways and are disillusioned with the realities of adult life. Then, out of the blue, lightning strikes - literally - and one of them is killed. Suddenly the memory of their fateful night is revived and the remaining four friends agree to carry out what they promised to do all those years before by taking their mate to rest beside their rock idol.
With all that has changed between them in the intervening years, it's a trip in which they have to rediscover the friendship they once had when their lives moved to the same heavy rock beat.
Thunderstruck is a comedy about five mates and a funeral - AC/DC style.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film Australia comedy road trip AC/DC fan death band funeral
Persons of interest
- Roy Billing .... Tiny
- Stephen Curry .... Ben
- Damon Gameau .... Sonny
- Jason Gann .... Robbo
- Rachel Gordon .... Molly
- Ryan Johnson .... Lloyd
- Kestie Morassi .... Amy
- Callan Mulvey .... Sam
- Sam Worthington .... Ronnie
- Adam Zwar .... Courier
- Shaun Angus Hall .... Screenwriter
- Darren Ashton .... Screenwriter
- Darren Ashton .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Cinematographers Society Awards 2005: ACT and NSW: Won: Silver: (Geoffrey Hall)
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2004: Nominated: Best original music score (David Thrussell, Francois Tétaz), Best sound (Peter Smith, Peter Townend, Wayne Pashley)
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2004: Nominated: Best Australian or New Zealand film
- See also The night we called it a day
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
A fun (albeit slightly wacky) Australian film about a bunch of boys who never manage to grow up. Don't worry, though, everything turns out good in the end.
Security censorship classification
M (Medium level coarse language, drug references, sexual references)
96 minutes (1:36 hours)