Owen Harris's Kill Your Friends hit the Toronto International Film Festival last September and, with a star-studded cast that includes Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, James Corden and Tom Riley, it made quite the splash. The dark comedy tackles the music industry in a mix of The Wolf Of Wall Street and American Psycho.
Just watch the trailer and you'll see how unhinged Hoult's character Steven Stelfox is, in what must surely be a necessary survival mechanism for such a cutthroat industry. The film synopsis reads:
"Twenty-seven-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."
This film is set to hit theaters and VOD starting April 1. I'm sure you don't need the movie to tell you that you should probably not kill your friends. And Nicholas Hoult would probably agree.