John Niven has adapted his funny, excoriating portrait of the mid-nineties UK music industry for Owen Harris’ movie of the same name published back in 2008, and after a pretty lengthy development process, the movie will finally hit the big screen apparently this year.
Kill Your Friends has Nicholas Hoult as lead A&R man Stelfox (think Patrick Bateman’s more self-absorbed Brit cousin), with support from Submarine’s Craig Roberts, Rosanna Arquette, James Corden, Tom Riley, Georgia King and more.
Director Owen Harris has episodes of Black Mirror, Misfits, and Secret Diary Of A Call-Girl. Kill Your Friends will be his feature debut.
The film takes place in London in 1997 when the British music industry was on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, The Verve rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing.
27 year old A&R bloke 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. Fuelled by greed, ambition and obviously inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he tries to find his next hit record. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change at the end of the 90s, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.
You can have a look at the new trailer and the soundtrack of the film below.
Kill Your Friends opens in UK cinemas on November 6.
The full tracklisting is:
1. Blur – ‘Beetlebum’
2. Rudimental (featuring John Newman) – ‘Good Thing’
3. Bastille – ‘Overload’
4. The Chemical Brothers – ‘Setting Sun’
5. Oasis – ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
6. Echo and the Bunnymen – ‘The Killing Moon’
7. Radiohead (features on the CD format only) – ‘Karma Police’
8. Maxine Ashley – ‘6 Underground’
9. Blue Boy – ‘Remember Me’ (Sure is Pure 7” edit)
10. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’
11. Gang Starr – ‘Blowin’ Up The Spot’
12. The Prodigy – ‘Smack My Bitch Up’
13. Frida Sundemo – ‘Heroes’
14. SASH! – ‘Encore une fois’ (Future Breeze edit)
15. Doof – ‘Suck My Dick’
16. Songbirds – ‘Sun Goes Down’
17. Mark Morrison – ‘Return of the Mack’ (C&J Radio Edit)
18. Royal Blood – ‘Blood Hands’