I was invited to a private screening of the new Nicholas Hoult film ‘Kill Your Friends’ (based on the bestselling book of the same name by John Niven) held at the Mayfair Hotel in London and organised by Fashion on Screen.
Present on the Q&A was the film’s Director Owen Harris, Producer Gregor Cameron and Costume Designer Susie Coulthard and Cannes film panellist Toby Rose was on hand to oversee the round table question time.
Now I never read the book… so I cannot say how close it is… I can say that it was a decent film with a very strong British cast that was handled well by the first timers to the world of feature films, Owen and Gregor.
The premises of the film is simply: An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit and that means killing anyone who gets in his way.
The let down for me personally was that the job and the company never felt big enough that you would go as far as killing your friends/work mates/careers etc to keep… it was all very low key and the reason why comes down to its low budget.
£2million in total and 8 full years to bring it to the general public… and it shows… the soundtrack was hit and miss which for a film based around the music industry was a no no… and the whole impression was too grubby to feel that they were high flyers… Still, for 1st timers it was a solid basis to grow from… so hats off to the team, and I look forward to what comes next.
On separate note…
When my wife and I arrived, the lights were already down in the theatre and we didn’t fancy going through the main entrance and walking in front of the screen and then fumbling around to find our seats with the rest of the audience baying for our blood… so in true GoodFellas style we were escorted by a very accommodating member of staff through the back corridors of the Hotel, its restaurant and kitchen area, down the back stairs and was given entry at the back of the theatre and we slotted in quietly on the back row… Great fun…