The music industry ain’t pretty. It’s a notion that’s explored in “Kill Your Friends,” bringing an almost “American Psycho” vibe to the story of one young man trying to make his mark on the ’90s “Cool Britannia” scene that yielded Oasis, Radiohead and Blur.
Based on the novel by John Niven and starring Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, James Corden, Tom Riley, Joseph Mawle, Georgia King, Ed Skrein, Jim Piddock, Edward Hogg and directed by Owen Harris (“Secret Diary Of A Call Girl,” “Black Mirror“), this film follows a young man willing to go to extreme lengths to stay one step ahead in his job as an A&R man at a London record label.
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 is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. In an industry of dream-makers, Stelfox refuses to buy into the ‘dream’ – and despises anyone that does. 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, Stelfox takes the concept of ‘killer tunes’ to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career. Balanced against the backdrop of the music business and its characters, Stelfox is the ultimate anti-hero: chronically sexist, racist, and everything else-ist.
“Kill Your Friends” opens in limited release and On Demand on April 1st.