The mid to late Nineties were a golden time for Britain. Eschewing the cardigan-clad grunge merchants from across the pond Britpop regined supreme across the world with Oasis and Blur playing up on the Stones/Beatles rivalry model while The Spice Girls crossed continents with their relentless zeal.
Owen Harris’ film Kill Your Friends, which has its first trailer released today, takes John Niven’s novel of back-stabbing on the careers tightrope of the music industry and inserts Nicholas Hoult in the centre of the chaotic maelstrom of ambition. Drowning in drugs, fistfuls of money and not a little ultraviolence.
Hoult is joined by James Corden, Craig Roberts and Georgia King. The trailer is NSFW,
The film is out in UK cinemas on the 6th of November.
Give this synopsis a spin,
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.