Killing Bono

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Killing Bono
Killing Bono.jpg
Directed by Nick Hamm
Produced by Ian Flooks
Mark Huffam
Piers Tempest
Screenplay by Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais
Simon Maxwell
Ben Bond (additional material)
Story by Neil McCormick (novel)
Starring Ben Barnes
Robert Sheehan
Martin McCann
Cinematography Kieran McGuigan
Edited by Billy Sneddon
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (UK)
Arc Entertainment (US)
Release date
  • 1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)
Running time
114 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Killing Bono is a 2011 British-Irish comedy film directed by Nick Hamm, based on Neil McCormick's 2003 memoir Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelgänger.[1]

The film loosely recreates the story of young Irish rocker McCormick and his younger brother, Ivan, who attempt to become rock stars but can only look on as their secondary school friends form U2 and become the biggest band in the world. The film stars Ben Barnes as Neil McCormick, Robert Sheehan as Ivan McCormick and Martin McCann as Irish singer Bono.[2] It marked the final film role of Pete Postlethwaite, who died three months before its release.



The film was shot in Northern Ireland,[3] was funded by Northern Ireland Screen[4] and was released by Paramount Pictures (the distributor of U2's film Rattle and Hum) in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2011. Sony Music Entertainment released the movie's soundtrack worldwide.[5] The European premiere was held in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin.[6]


  1. ^ McCormick, Neil (2011-03-11). "Neil McCormick on 'Killing Bono'". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Killing Bono (2011)". 
  3. ^ "'Killing Bono' shooting to begin". BBC News. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Filming of Killing Bono underway in Belfast - News, Film & TV". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Paramount Takes UK rights to Killing Bono from Salt". 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  6. ^ "Killing Bono premier - meg". 

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