Kill Your Friends – available now on Virgin Movies | Virgin Media
Kill Your Friends – available now on Virgin Movies

Kill Your Friends – available now on Virgin Movies

04/04/2016Movies

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Indulge in some ‘90s nostalgia and journey back to 1997 into the pulsating heart of the Cool Britannia Britpop music industry with A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) as your guide. Stelfox hacks his way through the industry, ruthlessly determined to make more cash than anyone else in the biz. Fuelled by copious quantities of drugs and an ego to rival Liam Gallagher’s, Stelfox is driven to violent extremes, putting a horribly literal spin on the term ‘cutthroat industry’.

Adapted from John Niven’s cult novel, Kill Your Friends is like American Psycho meets The Wolf of Wall Street, all set to a killer ‘90’s soundtrack of Oasis, Blur, The Prodigy and Radiohead. This was a time when the music industry was still booming and A&R men ruled the roost with cash to splash as they scrambled to find the next big thing. This film taps into that moment when London was the place to be. It’s a whirlwind of giddy excess, a very black satirical comedy where violence is served up with a sly smile.

Nicholas Hoult plays a vile character you’ll love to hate, alongside a fantastic supporting cast including James Corden (Gavin & Stacey), Tom Riley (I Want Candy), Georgia King (One Day) and Craig Roberts (Submarine). Hoult’s performance is so slick and polished; you won’t see any trace of the dorky kid from About A Boy here.

Kill Your Friends isn’t a polite, well-behaved film; it’s an unapologetic lairy, sweary romp through the ‘90s. It’s a stylish, compelling and darkly funny film that shows what happens when greed and ruthless ambition, rather than talent or hard work, determines who comes out on top.

British Psycho: Nicholas Martin in ruthless A&R man Steven Stelfox

British Psycho: Nicholas Martin in ruthless A&R man Steven Stelfox

Kill Your Friends trivia

John Niven, writer of Kill Your Friends, worked in the music industry for 10 years, during which time he passed up the opportunity to sign both Coldplay and Muse.

Nicholas Hoult was in an on-off relationship with X-Men co-star Jenifer Lawrence for several years, which ended in August 2014.

Nicholas Hoult will soon play the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, in a film called Rebel in the Rye.

Craig Roberts, Nicholas Hoult and Georgia King all appeared in the TV series Skins.

Nicholas Hoult’s sister, Rosanna, plays Kate in Kill Your Friends.

John Niven describes his protagonist, Steven Stelfox as a ‘moral vacuum’.

James Corden is a huge fan of John Niven’s novel on which the film is based.

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