Killing Bono

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Killing Bono
Killing Bono.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNick Hamm
Screenplay by
Based onKilling Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelgänger
by Neil McCormick
Produced by
CinematographyKieran McGuigan
Edited byBilly Sneddon
  • Greenroom Entertainment
  • Wasted Talent
  • The Salt Company
  • Generator Entertainment
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)
Running time
114 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland

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

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 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 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 and Ireland on 1 April 2011. Sony Music Entertainment released the film's soundtrack worldwide.[5] The European premiere was held in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin.[6]


  1. ^ McCormick, Neil (11 March 2011). "Neil McCormick on 'Killing Bono'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Killing Bono (2011)".
  3. ^ "'Killing Bono' shooting to begin". BBC News. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Filming of Killing Bono underway in Belfast - News, Film & TV". 26 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Paramount Takes UK rights to Killing Bono from Salt". 22 April 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Killing Bono premier - meg".

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