Owen Harris’ directorial debut Kill Your Friends has premiered a new trailer today, taking you into the dark and twisted mind of Nicholas Hoult’s seedy A&R (artists and repertoire) man, Steven Stelfox.
Part American Pyscho, part Wolf of Wall Street, Stelfox’s general irreverence for the world around him is captured brilliantly in the latest sizzle reel, as Hoult’s businessman embarks on a power-mongering – and seemingly bloodthirsty – climb to the top of the British music scene of the mid-90s.
Thanks in large part to genre-defining hits from Blur, The Stone Roses, Oasis and the like, the industry was enjoying a historic high before the turn of the millennium, and those themes of fame and excess will underpin Hoult’s burning desire to continue his winning streak.
Lifted from John Niven’s novel of the same name, Kill Your Friends also stars James Corden, Tom Riley, Joseph Malwe, Georgia King, Jim Piddock, Edward Hogg, and Deadpool star Ed Skrein.
Kill You Friends will have a limited theatrical release and VOD launch simultaneously come April 1. Until then, you can catch a glimpse of the film’s mesmerizing new poster below.
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.