ABC miniseries The Easybeats begins production in Sydney

A new ABC event series based on the iconic Australian rock and roll band of the swingin’ ’60s has begun production in Sydney.

The Easybeats had widespread international success with their 1966 single “Friday on My Mind”, but the synonymously named television mini-series will follow band back to their beginnings as young European immigrants who had just settled into Australia, before riding the wave of The Beatles and become one of the biggest rock and roll bands in Australia.

The series will star the likes of AACTA award winner Ashley Zukerman (The Code, Manhattan), as well as newcomers Christian Byers as Stevie Wright, Will Rush as George Young, Mackenzie Fearnley as Harry Vanda, Du Toit Bredenkamp as Dick Diamonde and Arthur McBain as Snowy Fleet.

The Easybeats is written by Christopher Lee (Howzat, Paper Giants, Gallipoli) and directed by Matthew Saville (Seven Types of Ambiguity, Please Like Me, The Slap), and will air on ABC and ABC iView later this year.