When you try to walk the road to the top, what do you do when it’s littered by losers and those who want you to fall? Kill Your Friends UK trailer Nicholas Hoult who exchanges the desolate hell of Fury Road for finding the next big thing in music.
Kill Your Friends marks the big screen debut for Owen Harris whose directorial feats all on the small screen include Black Mirror/Misfits.Ideal pick to deliver the dark comedy tone of John Niven‘s best selling novel like a mix of Bret Eaton Ellis and even a slice of Irvine Welsh, could this be UK’s answer to American Psycho?
When the road to success is littered with losers and even your closest colleagues are desperate for you to fail, what would you do to make it to the top?
London, 1997; the British music industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Radiohead rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing. 27-year-old hit chasing 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 – “Yeah, those animals”.
Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox searches for his next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification. Created by an industry that demands success at any price, 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.
Kill Your Friends is a dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business. A time and place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffers; where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved – as long as you want it badly enough.
This is essentially an hedonistic look at the music industry at it’s peak before the likes of Simon Cowell destroyed the industry of originality. A time when the next big thing was to be found in the pubs and clubs around the UK, not on out TVs on a Saturday night. The vices of success are on show too, it’s been a long time since About A Boy and we can say Mr Hoult you have certainly grown up!
Kill Your Friends will make it’s premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival, with UK release been 6th November. The film also stars Ed Skrein, James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley, and Georgia King.