The mid to late 1990s were ruled by the British. The Spice Girls, Oasis and some other bands that I’ve forgotten about all took to the charts, and conquered it in a manner that made American groups dump their pants in the Boston harbour.
But keeping those pop stars in check, was a tall order. And when you’re in charge of managing their success and their attitude, well, somebody is bound to have the crap choked out of them. Here’s the first NSFW trailer for
British Psycho Kill Your Friends:
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”.
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, 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.
Kill Your Friends is a dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business. A time and place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffers; where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved – as long as you want it badly enough.
Well that looks interesting. Nicholas Hoult is easily one of the best actors that you can;t recognise these days, due to the fact that he usually happens to be caked in dust or blue fur from his roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and the recent X-Men films. Maybe this is the flick that he needs, to get elevated even further in the industry.
Kill Your Friends also stars Ed Skrein, James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley, and Georgia King, and opens in the U.K. on November 6.
Last Updated: August 25, 2015