Race with the Devil

Adam Spellicy

Feature film
Biographical • Horror

A psycho-geographic rock and roll ghost story based on the life of fifties singer Gene Vincent, a man who wanted to be immortal… even if it killed him.


ENGLAND, 1971: In failing health, in desperate need of money and with his glory days far behind him, American rock and roll singer Gene Vincent embarks on a UK tour that will prove to be his last. He’s cheated death twice before: surviving a motorcycle crash in 1955 that shattered …

About Adam Spellicy

Adam Spellicy is a screenwriter based in Melbourne. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, he spent his formative years in the New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill, where Wake In Fright was filmed (and which was every bit as frightening as its filmic alter-ego “Bundanyabba”). He credits that experience with his enduring fascination for dark, mysterious stories.

Adam spent the better part of two decades as (variously) a graphic designer, advertising copywriter, musician and music video director before committing to a career in screenwriting, with periodic forays into directing. He has written and directed three short films: The Body Watchers (2009), Mystic Eyes (2009) and Keeper (2011), all of which have screened at local and international film festivals.

In 2016, Adam won the AWG’s Monte Miller (Long Form) Award and John Hinde Award For Best Unproduced Science Fiction Screenplay for the dystopian sci-fi feature script Mary, Mary, an honour he shared with co-writer Penelope Chai. The project was developed for producer Stuart Parkyn, with funding from Screen Australia. He is also developing a conspiracy thriller miniseries with producer Trevor Blainey and an adventure feature with co-writer Scout Cripps – the latter as part of Screen ACT’s Accelerator Pod.

An early draft of his feature screenplay Race With The Devil, a biopic based on the life of 1950s rock and roll singer Gene Vincent, won 2nd Prize in the 2004 Nashville Screenwriters Conference script competition. It has been Adam’s passion project ever since, and was the recent recipient of development funding from Scripted Ink.

Adam Spellicy Screenwriter
Adam Spellicy