Kill Your Friends (film)

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Kill Your Friends
Kill Your Friends poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Owen Harris
Produced by
Screenplay by John Niven
Based on Kill Your Friends
by John Niven
Starring
Music by Junkie XL
Cinematography Gustav Danielsson
Edited by Bill Smedley
Production
companies
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $420,091[2]

Kill Your Friends is a 2015 British dark comedy crime-thriller film directed by Owen Harris, script written by John Niven based on his own written 2008 novel of the same name. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Tom Riley, and Georgia King.[3] The film was selected to be shown in the City to City section of the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.[4] The film was released on 6 November 2015 by StudioCanal.

Plot[edit]

London, 1997; the British music industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Supergrass, and The Verve rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing. Twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he searches for his next hit record. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On 12 February 2014, Nicholas Hoult joined the cast of the film to play lead role as (A&R) agent Steven Stelfox.[5] On 3 March 2014, Jim Piddock joined the film's cast to play Derek Sommers, the managing director of the record label.[6]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography commenced on 10 March 2014 in London, and wrapped five weeks later.[3] The film was shot at Pinewood Studios, London and Greater London.

Reception[edit]

The film received generally mixed to negative reviews, scoring a 25% on "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.1/10 user rating on IMDb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KILL YOUR FRIENDS (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Kill-Your-Friends/United-Kingdom#tab=summary
  3. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (10 March 2014). "Music Biz Satire 'Kill Your Friends' Starts to Shoot in London". variety.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ Robert Redford’s ‘Truth’ to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Nissim, Mayer (12 February 2014). "Nicholas Hoult to star in John Niven's Kill Your Friends". digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Yamato, Jen (3 March 2014). "Jim Piddock Joins Britpop Comedy Adaptation ‘Kill Your Friends’". deadline.com. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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