I thought the music industry had died, but it seems Hollywood is keeping it alive. This week Zac Efron brings his dreams to the decks in the EDM coming-of-age movie “We Are Your Friends,” next year HBO drops the needle on the ’70s set series “Vinyl” and this fall, Nicholas Houltdips his toes into musical waters with “Kill Your Friends” and the first teaser trailer is here.
Based on the novel by John Niven, co-starring James Cordenand Craig Roberts, and directed by Owen Harris (“Secret Diary Of A Call Girl,” “Black Mirror“), the movie takes viewers to those long gone days of the ’90s, and the hedonistic excess of the British music scene. Soon after, things take a (literally) killer turn. Here’s the official synopsis:
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”.
Fueled 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.
“Kill Your Friends” hits TIFF next month. Watch below. [Film3Sixty]