Music Biz Satire ‘Kill Your Friends’ Starts to Shoot in London

Nicholas Hoult, above, stars in Owen Harris' feature debut

LONDON — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.

Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.

Screenplay is penned by John Niven, based on his cult novel. Pic is the feature debut for director Owen Harris, whose previous credits include TV series “Misfits.”

Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons,” “I Want Candy”), Georgia King (“The New Normal,” “Austenland”), Jim Piddock (“What About Dick?,” “A Mighty Wind”), Joseph Mawle (“Half of a Yellow Sun,” “Birdsong”), James Corden (Tony Award winner for “One Man, Two Guvnors”) and Edward Hogg (“The Comedian,” “Bunny and the Bull”).

Producers are Gregor Cameron for Unigram, Will Clarke for Altitude Film Entertainment and Len Blavatnik for AI Film, and Warner Music Group.

Pic will be released in the U.K. by Studiocanal. Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales.

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